CNN host Don Lemon was instantly mocked online for his awkward suggestion to an actress who recently accused comedian Bill Cosby of raping her twice in 1969.
“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told Jill Tarshis on Tuesday.
“Oh,” she replied. “Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.”
Lemon’s remark was quickly turned into the hashtag #DonLemonReporting on Twitter, blasting him for seemingly blaming the victim:
Why did JFK drive down that road in Dallas? You’re telling me there were no other streets? #donlemonreporting
— Joe ‘Monk’ Pardavila (@joepardavila) November 19, 2014
why didn’t the earth just move instead of getting hit by a meteorite and making the dinosaurs extinct? #DonLemonReporting
— Patrick (@denmark98) November 19, 2014
If Shamu doesn’t like SeaWorld, why does Shamu keep working there? #DonLemonReporting
— Richard Hernandez (@richrdhernandez) November 19, 2014
Why did President Lincoln need to go to a play? Why not stay home and look at daguerreotypes? #DonLemonReporting of distracting Cosby with some Jello pudding? You know he loves that!” #donlemonreporting
— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) November 19, 2014
— Paola. (@deathbybananas) November 19, 2014
I mean, couldn’t you just use a fire extinguisher to put the burning cross on your lawn out? #DonLemonReporting
— Elon James White (@elonjames) November 19, 2014