“You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it?” Lemon said to Joan Tarshis. “Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” he continued.
As you might expect, the video has been posted by countless news sites (including our own), and has generated a significant amount of buzz from media personalities and Twitter users alike. The reaction has been, shall we say, almost entirely negative.
Our sister site The Mary Sue tore into the anchor for his words. And below is just a taste of the Twitter anger. First the scorn from other media people:
There are two ways to say Don Lemon's name so it rhymes. Do you prefer Don Le-monn or Den Lemen? I generally use Defective Talking Ken Doll.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) November 19, 2014
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 19, 2014
Don Lemon missed the obvious follow-up: Why didn't Cosby's accusor try to throw him into a black hole? http://t.co/7PFrSWndCf
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 19, 2014
— Clare O'Connor (@Clare_OC) November 19, 2014
— Greg Emerson (@emersongreg) November 19, 2014
Some cable news personalities:
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) November 19, 2014
Don Lemon. Not helping. pic.twitter.com/GIWDbZvQAL
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) November 19, 2014
Cable writers and producers:
I don't even know what to say about that Don Lemon remark on rape. The exchange is reprehensible, but he identifies as a survivor himself.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 19, 2014
There are ways not to ask offensive questions if you didn't want to do it, Don Lemon. Meaning the use of the teeth.
— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) November 19, 2014
The general manager of a Quad Cities news station:
— Jim Kizer (@QuadCitiesJim) November 19, 2014
And lots and lots of regular Twitter folk. Read here if you want to get a sense of the overall reaction.
Watch the segment below, via CNN:
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