CNN anchor Don Lemon is getting a flurry of reactions on Twitter for his remarks in support of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly‘s repetitive demonization of black people, but perhaps none more tersely devastating than that of MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, who is more through with Lemon than a Country Time taster with a citrus allergy. While Lemon has retweeted some positive reactions, and a very negative reaction from a CNN guest, there’s little sympathy to be found in a Twitter search for Don Lemon right now.
Here’s what MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor had to say:
Just saw Fruitvale Station. Heard Lemon remarks. There is nothing I can say. Yet.
I just have to wonder. Exactly which America does he live in?
But if I had a dollar for every turn coat mofo who made it up and out, then cut the rope ladder behind him…
…they get to thinking that good money, good suits and good manners will make them see you differently…
I’ll tell you what though. If you step to the plate, your behind better be ready to take a pitch…
MSNBC Meliss Harris-Perry segment producer Jamil Smith took a different approach, tweeting that “If what O’Reilly said didn’t merit a response, I don’t think @DonLemonCNN taking it a step further does, either,” prompting a bemused “Huh?” from the network’s Chris Hayes.
Other reactions weren’t nearly so ambiguous. Here are a few representative tweets:
Trudy: Wow. I guess Don Lemon making career moves. Career moves while Black = throw other Black ppl under the bus. Smh.
Magnus Bane: Don Lemon feels that he’s THE exception. That’s perfectly fine. He’ll see eventually how he’s viewed by his white counterparts.
Alejandro NIGlesias: If you follow Don Lemon‘s 5-step anti-Hip-Hop plan racism magically ends?
Valérie: Next racial draft we’re giving @DonLemonCNN to the whites. I don’t even wanna trade him for anyone. Just give him away
It wasn’t all negative, though. Lemon did get props from Newsbusters‘ Noel Sheppard:
I wish Obama would have been as honest with his race speech as @DonLemonCNN was!
Other positive reactions were few and far between, but here are a few of them:
Buddy Love: Okay…I just saw what Don Lemon said…I don’t get why people are so offended?
Don Lemon, for his part, took the barrage in stride, wading in with a correction:
Happening as they did on a Saturday, Lemon’s remarks will have all weekend to gain steam, and by Monday, a new conversation on race will begin. Lemon tried to qualify his remarks with some criticism of the political right, but the headline will be that a prominent black news anchor, one of the few, gave his stamp of approval to Bill O’Reilly’s one-sided, distorted view of the black community.
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org