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Don Lemon Controversy: CNN Host Holds Up N-Word Sign on the Air

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 03:29 PM

Don Lemon, the CNN host known for his gaffes, potentially made another one Monday night when he controversially held up a Confederate flag and a sign displaying the N-word, apparently to try and get his audience involved in a race debate.

"This is what America is talking about right now. Does this offend you? It's a Confederate flag. Is it a symbol of Southern pride or a symbol of hate?" he asked, holding it up.

But Lemon didn't stop there.

"Does this offend you?” he asked, holding up a sign bearing the N-word.

Lemon’s controversial segment was in response to a racially charged news week, what with the Charleston church shooting, President Barack Obama using the N-word on a podcast show, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calling for the removal of a Confederate flag from the state capitol, according to The Huffington Post.

Lemon’s sign sparked strong sentiments on Twitter. Some criticized, others praises, and even more completely mocked the CNN host.







Controversy and criticism is nothing new to Lemon, however. In November 2014 he came under fire for asking a woman who Bill Cosby allegedly raped why she did not use her teeth as “a weapon” during the attack, according to The Washington Post.

“I believe every journalist should be able to ask questions even if those questions are uncomfortable,” Lemon said the day after the incident, The Post noted.

During the Ferguson riots, Lemon fell under criticism again for claiming that “obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air."

 

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Don Lemon, the CNN host known for his gaffes, potentially made another one Monday night when he controversially held up a Confederate flag and a sign displaying the N-word, apparently to try and get his audience involved in a race debate.
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