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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.
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.
He claims that Black Lives Matter is only about addressing police brutality. This is of course untrue, and it has many other missions including abolishing the family and removing the court systems. But far be it for anyone to say it should actually address black lives.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 7, 2020
Black on black violence isn’t part of the Black Lives Matter narrative because Black Lives Matter isn’t a civil rights movement, it’s a political movement and black on black violence can’t be exploited for political grist.
It’s that simple. And Don Lemon knows it.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 7, 2020
Common theme on CNN “interviews”… hosts wont let their guests get more than a few words out before interrupting.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) July 7, 2020
If What Don Lemon say is true about BLM being only about police brutality, then why are they still protesting? We don’t see police killing black lives. It’s black lives killing black lives.@terrycrews has every right to have an opinion and not be bullied out of it!
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) July 7, 2020
Don lemon is one of many reasons CNN is looked at & viewed as a low iq, propoganda network. Don lemon never shuts up long enough to be corrected so he just keeps babbling out ignorant shit..like the network he blabs for, Don lemon is a tool https://t.co/x24dvfNL8X
— Chris Bristol (@ChrisBristol10) July 7, 2020
@donlemon is an activist pretending to be a journalist, whenever he doesn’t like what his guest is saying, he just talks over them and cuts them off.
— Scot (@slraider) July 7, 2020
Don Lemon is so oppressed!
– Gets paid millions of dollars to host a cable news show
– Gets away with sexually assaulting men in the Hamptons
I’m sorry you live such a difficult and oppressed life @donlemon!
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) July 7, 2020
Terry Crews has more courage than 99.99% of those in entertainment. Celebrities all say they keep it real, but they don’t. Terry Crews does. And as usual, Don Lemon looked like the fool he is.
— FightLawyerInVegas 🇺🇸 (@FightLawyer702) July 7, 2020
Terry Crews leaving his body for a moment when Don Lemon of all people tells him he should be more thick-skinned. pic.twitter.com/7yUY6yv398
— RedMenaceTaylor (@MenaceTaylor) July 7, 2020
It’s truly sad that Don Lemon was literally drowning out Terry’s voice because he knew Terry was about to drop some truth bombs about militant Marxism and their goals.
— SlaterRamone (@RamoneSlater) July 7, 2020
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