We wish we could stop getting tickled every time Don Lemon opens his mouth, but sometimes the things he says are just too good. Take, for instance, this profile of him in the New York Times which basically tries to get into the mind of a man whose whole career can be summed up by offending people with ridiculous questions on air (and that’s when he’s not delving out equally infuriating listicals on how to save the Black community he so clearly cares nothing about). As it turns out, Donnie is just as annoying on paper as he is on CNN — and just about as clueless as well.
When questioned about his” track record of upsetting people on the left,” Don was asked what he would say is his worst episode of CNN Tonight, he said:
I don’t know. No one asks Jake Tapper or Wolf Blitzer to be the spokesperson for any particular group. I’m not an advocate or an activist. I’m a journalist.
I think I speak for Black people everywhere when I say no one, and I mean no one, with any percentage of melanin in them ever asked Don Lemon to be an advocate for them. And yet, he took it upon himself to try to be one when he dropped that five-pointer list referenced above, assuring Black people if they cleaned up their neighborhoods and pulled up their pants they’d live happily ever after in America.
But more amusing than absolving himself of any responsibility for the way he’s shamed the African American community, rape victims, and offended children is the fact that Don thinks he’d be a modern-day Malcolm X if CNN hadn’t foolishly given him a platform. Asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t some semblance of a journalist, Don answered:
I’d probably be a writer like James Baldwin. Or I would probably be an activist. But not like Dr. King, even though I admire him. I’d probably be more of a Malcolm X. I believe the best way to improve yourself is to improve yourself.
When is he going to actually start working on himself then? Not to mention do a little research because there’s no way Malcolm X would’ve ever stood for the buffoonery he pulls on Black folks for the obvious sake of appeasing his white bosses and viewers every time he’s presented an opportunity to speak up for those often rendered voiceless. That’s not what an activist or a journalist does, FYI.