Don Lemon's 'Does This Offend You?' Segment Backfires

Don Lemon's 'Does This Offend You?' Segment Backfires

CNN's Don Lemon never fails to get our attention by any means necessary. This time around, his attempt to bridge together the current call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol and President Obama saying the "n-word" during an interview has backfired.

Published June 23, 2015

CNN's Don Lemon never fails to get our attention by any means necessary. This time around, his attempt to bridge together the current call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol and President Obama saying the "n-word" during an interview has backfired.

"Does this offend you?" Lemon asks. "It's a Confederate flag. Is it a symbol of Southern pride or a symbol of hate?," he continues. "And then what about this. Does this offend you?" he asks while holding up a sign of the "n-word." "This word, President Obama said it out loud in an interview and a lot of people are shocked."

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the Statehouse on Monday. “My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move our state forward in harmony, and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven,” Haley said, according to the Associated Press. A petition demanding it be removed reached 547,000 as of Tuesday. 

Meanwhile Monday, President Obama caused an uproar for saying this on the podcast WTF With Marc Maron:

"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not."

Black Twitter rolled out a stream of memes calling Lemon out on his delivery. Take a look at some of the backlash Lemon received. 

(Photos from top: CNN, Xfinity on Dubs via Twitter)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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