‘Sounds like a hit show': Mediaite sets off wave of confusion and mockery for describing CNN's Don Lemon as ‘OPENLY BLACK'
Added 01-15-21 05:37:02pm EST - “An opinion piece published by Mediaite quickly gained attention across social media not for the commentary presented, but rather for the unusual description of "openly black" to describe CNN anchor Don Lemon.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Sounds like a hit show’: Mediaite sets off wave of confusion and mockery for describing CNN’s Don Lemon as ‘OPENLY BLACK’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
In the piece, titled ‘Don Lemon’s Remarks About Trump Voters and the Klan and Nazis Are a Slap in the Face to 74 Million Americans,’ author Tommy Christopher broke down a viral discussion between Lemon and colleague Chris Cuomo on the recent US Capitol.
Describing Cuomo asking Lemon to respond to critics saying the Capitol rioters don’t represent all Donald Trump supporters, the piece reads, “Lemon — who is openly Black — responded by telling Cuomo that ‘if you are on that side you need to think about the side you’re on.’”
Lemon went on to compare Trump’s “side” to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis, a comment that has earned him plenty of pushback from conservatives.
Social media users spent more time debating what exactly “openly Black” is more than they did Lemon or Christopher’s points.
“What is ‘openly black’ …??” Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott tweeted. He followed up with a seeming dig at Mediaite, writing, “hire black editors.”
Honestly, "Openly Black" sounds like a hit show. Let me get to work.— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) January 15, 2021
I am definitely changing my twitter handle to "openly black". https://t.co/zUsxr29xve— Openly Black (@vj_burton) January 15, 2021
Writers: If people don't understand a phrase you're using to describe a particular group of people -- especially people in that group, it's not their fault that they don't understand it. It's yours. It is better to change it than to double down.— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) January 15, 2021
Good for Don Lemon for being “openly Black.” I still haven’t decided when to tell my parents https://t.co/KsL2xwCzVn— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) January 15, 2021
I’m tired of hiding who I am, I’m choosing today to live openly black ✌???????? pic.twitter.com/mecLM1nUhv— | ++ | Meat Messiah (@BreadDominator) January 15, 2021
I'm openly bearded. https://t.co/ibj6UJwqmP— Noam Blum (@neontaster) January 15, 2021
See you tonight at 10. https://t.co/IJmjs4Kbkt— Don Lemon (@donlemon) January 15, 2021
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