Don Lemon Blasted On Twitter For Ferguson Coverage After Saying, “Obviously There’s A Smell Of Marijuana In The Air”

November 25, 2014  |  


Everyone’s eyes were glued to their television to watch the announcement of the grand jury decision of whether or not to indict Darren Wilson in the murder of Mike Brown. Eyes stayed glued to watch the aftermath of it play out on cable news. It was all very upsetting to view, and for some people, CNN’s Don Lemon didn’t make things any better with his coverage of the situation.

As Gawker pointed out, soon after the indictment decision was shared and people in Ferguson showed their frustrations throughout the streets, Lemon, along with CNN cameramen on the scene, filled viewers in on what they were seeing. For some reason though, Lemon felt that it was also necessary to let people know what he was smelling, even though his observation had a whole to do with with nothing:

“We’re watching people. They’re on top of the roofs of cars, and um, there’s obviously the smell of marijuana in the air as well.”

If you give him the benefit of the doubt, he could have meant to say smoke or tear gas, but what everyone heard was “marijuana,” and I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant. Afterwards, ‘Don Lemon’ was trending on Twitter and people heavily criticized him:

“At what instance is the stench of marijuana being in the air pertinent information don lemon sheesh smh”

“CNN’d Don Lemon said “obviously the smell of marijuana in the crowd”. This from the guy who blamed Cosby rape victim for her assault. #idiot”

“Don Lemon: “Obviously there’s the smell of marijuana in the air…” Cant, for the life of me, understand what makes this ‘obvious’ tho. Smh.”

“Don Lemon is a disgrace.”

“Yes because people are obviously mad because they are on drugs as opposed to the fact a cop who shot an unarmed teenager six times got away with it?”

“Boy, of all the things to describe at the scene, Don picked that to describe. What a dumba**.”

Lemon was further criticized online for taking the time out to imitate the accent of people in St. Louis, for being in a gas mask at one point (he did come in contact with tear gas though), and for retreating to a ‘safe room’ while other CNN reporters stayed out on the scene.

Nothing Don Lemon says at this point really surprises me, but seriously, marijuana was worth sharing with viewers? Not the sound of gunshots, the smell of smoke from a fire or anything vivid, but marijuana? And why is it ‘obviously the smell of marijuana’? C’mon now…

And Lemon wonders why people say things like this:

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