During an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” on Wednesday night, network anchor Don Lemon made what appears to be a sexual slur.
As reported by The Daily Wire, the segment originally started out with CNN’s Chris Cuomo talking about PETA’s list of “anti-animal language” and then transitioned into talking about “more serious things.”
At the end of the segment, Lemon told Cuomo: “Don’t be a chickenhead” after referencing a “Bees Knees” comment Cuomo had used.
While smirking, Lemon stated, “I don’t know what that means, I just said it. I have no idea.”
CNN's Don Lemon appears to use a sexual slur, tells Chris Cuomo: "Don't be a chickenhead"
"Chickenhead" is a slang term used to describe a person who performs fellatio
Right after saying it he tries to walk it back: "I don't know what that means, I just said it. I have no idea" pic.twitter.com/Ed2xb3EzsX
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 6, 2018
Lemon’s immediate “walk back” has fueled questions about his claim that he “didn’t know” what the term means.
According to Wikipedia, the term “chicken head” is defined as a “derogatory American English slang that can refer either to someone who performs fellatio for everybody or, derisively, dumb female.”
A similar definition can be found on Urban Dictionary, which states that the term “chicken head” means the following:
Background: used primarily in male circles, with strong ties to hip-hop culture. often used in rap music to describe groupies.
1 a girl or woman who seeks attention from popular males with high levels of status exemplified mostly by musicians or popular/wealthy boys or men from a poorer neighborhood, by submitting to sexual favors with little or no pressure.
2 a girl or woman who is passed around from one male to another in short term, exclusively sexual relationships.
Lemon is no stranger to inappropriate comments that appear to be sexual.
During a 2014 interview with Joan Tarshis, a women who accused Bill Cosby of rape, Time quoted Lemon as saying:
The allegations are hardly new, and the interview could have been an occasion for a serious and nuanced conversation about rape, about how survivors respond to and survive assault and about well-documented techniques used by serial abusers. Instead, what proceeded was appalling. Lemon, in a few brief lines, blamed the victim for not stopping her assault, while also managing to subtly convey a whole series of rape myths.
Lemon’s most repugnant suggestion was this: “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex.” He went on to clarify that he meant the “using of the teeth” as a “weapon” to stop the alleged assault. Put crassly, “Why didn’t you bite his dick if you didn’t want to perform oral sex?” Lemon continued, “If you didn’t want to do it…” In other words, “you really wanted it.”
CNN's Don Lemon To Cosby Rape Accuser in 2014: "You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it…[like] using of the teeth…" pic.twitter.com/44cpqdUqTe
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 4, 2018
Other CNN personalities have also made similar sexually inappropriate remarks.
In 2011, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper made a “tea bagging” remark during an interview with David Gergen, the director of the Center for Public Leadership.
One must wonder why those same television personalities preach political correctness, yet don’t seem to live it.