CNN’s Don Lemon found himself in hot water after interviewing Joan Tarshis, the woman who recently accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
During the interview, Lemon told Tarshis that “there are ways not to perform oral sex.” The CNN host was inferring that Tarshis could have bitten Cosby in order to stop the sexual assault. Many people saw Lemon’s comment as a way of blaming the victim for the attack.
Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that Trayvon Martin got in the way of George Zimmerman’s bullet? #DonLemonReporting
— W.E.B DemBois (@Phil_Cosby_) November 19, 2014
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female mouth has ways of shutting that whole thing down.” #DonLemonReporting — ~Shanell (@shawnee1228) November 19, 2014
On 9/11, the Twin Towers were dressed provocatively & were intoxicated; asking for it, really. They chose to be attacked #DonLemonReporting
— J. V. Bolin (@jvbolin) November 19, 2014
They sprayed you with water hoses? Couldnt you have worn a raincoat? #DonLemonReporting — Stefanó Prugante (@Chappells_Show) November 19, 2014
To stabbing victim: You know, there are ways to evade knife wounds if you really wanted to live. #DonLemonReporting
— Jon (@Jonengelke) November 19, 2014
Lemon has not commented directly on the controversy but he did retweet a message from one of his fans.
RT @betsyscribeindc: @Jimmer7000 Riveting TV. I’ll give @donlemon that. Thank you!! — Don Lemon (@donlemon) November 19, 2014
You can watch Don Lemon’s interview with Joan Tarshis below. Do you think the CNN reporter was out of line?
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