Don Lemon locks horns, ‘cuts off’ black actor taking heat for warning against radicalization of BLM

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CNN’s Don Lemon made himself the target of heated backlash after clashing with actor Terry Crews over the Black Lives Matter movement.

The CNN host’s name began trending on Twitter where he was slammed following a heated interview with Crews, who has been heavily criticized after warning about the movement becoming radicalized. Lemon locked horns with the “America’s Got Talent” host, repeatedly talking over him as he asserted that the movement was about police brutality.


(Source: CNN)

Crews explained his warning, saying he had been seeing a “very, very dangerous self-righteousness that was developing” in the Black Lives Matter movement which he felt needed to be questioned.

“It was almost a supremist move that their lives mattered more than mine,” he said, telling Lemon the thoughts behind his recent remarks and the tweet over the weekend in which he defended himself and said he was prepared to “die on this hill,” as he continued to voice his outspoken concerns about the potential of creating “black supremacy.”

When Crews brought up black on black violence and argued that there are neighborhoods “held hostage by people” claiming black lives matter, Lemon questioned: “What does that have to do with equality, though, Terry?”

“But I don’t understand what that has to do with a movement that’s for equality for black people. It’s not mutually exclusive that, if you care about equality for black people, that, somehow, you are going to stop random violence,” Lemon declared, adding that it “just seems like apples and oranges.”

“If someone started a movement that said ‘cancer matters,’ and then someone came and said ‘why aren’t you talking about HIV’ – it’s not the same thing,” he said.

“Black people need to hold black people accountable. This is black America’s version of the #MeToo movement,” Crews fired back.

But Lemon asserted that the movement “was started because it was talking about police brutality.”

“If you want an all black lives matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including, you know, black communities, then, start that movement with that name. But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about. It’s not all-encompassing,” he argued. “So the Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice, in that manner. Not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods. There are people who are working on that issue. And if you want to start that issue, why don’t you start it? Do you understand what I’m saying?”

Lemon went on with his condescending lecture to Crews, citing statistics and talking over his guest as time ran out on the segment.

While Crews agreed with some of Lemon’s points, he made it clear that the BLM agenda needs to be questioned.

“If they have more on their agenda, we need to ask them about what else is on that agenda, other than police brutality,” he said. “And that’s all I’m doing. Questioning. Warning. Watching. And if that bothers you, now, that bothers me.”

The interview sparked a debate on social media where Twitter users were divided on the discussion as well. But many did not hesitate to scorch Lemon over his conduct, his argument and his ignorance.

“Don Lemon knew Crews was about to speak the truth so he had to cut him off. BLM may have started in response to police brutality, but that’s not what the organization is now,” The Spectator’s Amber Athey said in a tweet.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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