Last year, CNN anchor Don Lemon made headlines seemingly for all the wrong reasons. Halfway through 2015, it appears that he's on the same track. After President Obama used the N-word in an interview with Marc Maron that aired Monday, the CNN host injected himself in the conversation in a highly bizarre fashion, holding up a sign with the slang word on TV. Quickly after, Twitter responded to Don Lemon's giant N-word sign, basically turning him into a meme.
Lemon first held up a Confederate flag, the center of controversy following the Charleston, S.C., shooting, and asked, "Does this offend you? It's a Confederate flag." He then went ahead with holding up a huge sign with the N-word on it, asking his audience, "What about this? Does this offend you?"
Having last year been bestowed with the honor for Worst Journalism of 2014, Lemon is undoubtedly a divisive figure. With this latest stunt, the anchor clearly intended to stimulate a debate about the two issues, both surrounding the important topic of race. But let's be clear — there are constructive ways to add to a conversation, then there are less-than-constructive ways to do so.
We're not sure what Lemon set out to achieve here, but Twitter had fun with this one.