Just when you think the talking heads on cable news have reached bottom, along comes CNN’s Chris Cuomo to prove that he has only just begun to defile himself and his industry.
Which is saying a lot considering the hypocrisy of Cuomo not only featuring his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on numerous occasions last year, but going so far as to praise him for his handling of the pandemic. Yet after we learned that the governor was cooking the books to misrepresent the death toll in nursing homes, suddenly little bro can’t cover the topic because they’re related.
On Friday, in the now-standard banter in the handoff between shows, Cuomo began singing the “Good Times” theme song with colleague Don Lemon marveling over how Cuomo knows the lyrics — the 70’s sitcom was about a black family living in a public housing project in Chicago, with Jimmy Walker playing the lead character J.J.
“How do you know the words to ‘Good Times'”? Lemon asked, with glee.
Without skipping a beat, Cuomo shot back, “You know I’m black on the inside.”
While we assume that Cuomo was apparently joking — you can never tell these days — the left has deemed cultural appropriation verboten in post-Obama America.
In 2019, Cuomo came under fire for comparing the name “Fredo” to the N-word. This coming after someone called him the name, a reference to a character from the “Godfather” film series.
“It’s an Italian aspersion … It’s an insult to your people. It’s like the N-word to us,” Cuomo screamed, speaking about Italian Americans.
He was mocked unmercifully for the remark, with even Donald Trump Jr. joining in the fun to tweet, “Hey, take it from me, ‘Fredo’ isn’t the N word for Italians, it just means you’re the dumb brother.”
As for being “black on the inside,” the remark did not go over well in Twitterdom.
Aisha Staggers, the managing editor of the Sister2Sister magazine, led the parade of outrage from hypersensitive social justice warriors with a pair of tweets.
“It’s f*cking offensive. Black isn’t something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being physically Black on the outside. This is cultural appropriation,” she tweeted.
“Black is not a costume, I don’t get to be white when I don’t feel like not dealing with racism or racist police or just regular bullsh*t Black people deal with. I can’t even hide at home because I can be killed there in my bed, so understand, there was nothing silly about this,” Staggers added in another tweet.
Megyn Kelly, the former host at Fox News and NBC, called out Don Lemon for taking no action against his “buddy.”
“Weird how Don Lemon, who sees racism everywhere if a Republican is involved, gives his buddy a total pass on this,” Kelly tweeted.
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter, which included a suggestion for CNN to conduct sensitivity training.
Are the Cuomo brothers competing for Shittiest Cuomo rn?
— Lady Menopause Knows Warren is Loud and Lazy (@LadyMenopause) March 6, 2021
Chris Cuomo just said to Don Lemon OUT LOUD on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN, “You know I’m Black on the inside,” and we had to turn off the television because I’m not here for that nonsense. @CNN needs to have some sensitivity training with their on-air personalities.
— RevMaryDande🏳️🌈 (@SisterMaryDande) March 6, 2021
That entire household needs to talk less.
— Frups (@Frups1) March 6, 2021
Maybe his heart
— My safe word is Waxahacie (@docsamson829) March 6, 2021
Certainly not a good time to be a Cuomo 🤣🤣
— John Munson (@jhavs77) March 8, 2021