Why are people so shocked to find out that CNN host Don Lemon asked a Muslim lawyer – out of the blue – if he supports the Islamic State?
Don’t we already know that he is a very ridiculous person? Indeed, hasn't the evidence mounted for a long time now?
While discussing the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week, Lemon invited Arsalan Iftikhar to share his views on radical Islam.
Citing a poll from August 2014 that indicates 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS, the host asked if the terrorist organization’s sympathizers or supporters could also be considered extremists or terrorists.
As Iftikhar began to give his explanation, Lemon abruptly asked his guest if he supported ISIS.
It was an awkward interview. No doubt about that. The lawyer was himself surprised at the question.
But he shouldn’t have been.
In fact, no one should be. It’s because Don Lemon has a legacy of asking and giving profoundly stupid questions and comments respectively. Below is some proof:
He blamed black people for racism – against black people
In July, after Fox News host Bill O'Reilly delivered one of his standard lectures to the black community, Lemon chimed in to say the conservative pundit didn't go far enough.
"Black people, if you really want to fix the problem, here's just five things that you should think about doing," Lemon said.
"Here's number five: Pull up your pants," he said.
Don’t forget “obviously marijuana” comment from Ferguson
The CNN anchor was describing the scene from outside the Ferguson police station on Monday night, just moments after the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Lemon reported hearing the sounds of gunfire and seeing protesters jumping on cars.
And then he said: "Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air."
Or the time he suggested something "supernatural" happened to the missing MH370
CNN’s coverage of the missing Malaysian flight MH370 is notorious. Everyone knows about that.
But few people know that the worst bit came from none other than Lemon who actually wondered – actually, for real – if something "supernatural" happened to the plane.
Oh, and remember the time he invited a black-belt rabbi on his show?
Yes, this actually happened.
In order to discuss and learn self-defense techniques to help combat the “knockout game,” Lemon invited Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, a former NYPD police-turned-martial arts expert on his show.
Needless to say, it was undoubtedly one of the most awkward “news” shows in the history of awkward news shows.
And his shameless victim-blaming
Joan Tarshis, one of 15 women to accuse Bill Cosby of rape, appeared on CNN Newsroom and alleged that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex.
Lemon – being the obtuse imbecile that he is – responded to her claim by implying she might have prevented being raped by "biting" Cosby on his genitals.
This guy actually used slavery as justification for spanking
While discussing corporal punishment with guest Chris Cuomo, Lemon came up with this bizarre connection between slavery and hitting children.
“For me as an African-American, the question is where did you learn that from? Is that learned from the slave master? Getting the switch? Being beaten?” Lemon asked at one point.
No wonder Columbia Journalism Review named Lemon among the worst of the worst in journalism for the year 2014.