CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed Bill Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis in-studio on Tuesday night regarding her allegations that Cosby raped her twice when she was 19-years old; Lemon had initially spoken with her remotely on Monday night, one night after TheWrap’s interview with her.
During his second conversation with Tarshis, Lemon brought up her claim that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him. “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told her.
“I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly that didn’t even enter my mind,” Tarshis said of the notion of using her teeth. “Now, I wish it would have.”
It’s the type of comment often associated with the concept of “victim blaming” and Twitter wasted no time taking Lemon to task for his suggestion.
#DonLemonReporting started trending almost immediately, with users suggesting ridiculous things like “Why didn’t New Orleans move out of the way of Katrina?” and “The Native-Americans could have just refused to take those smallpox-infected blankets” to emphasize how inappropriate they felt Lemon’s statement was.
Representatives for CNN and Don Lemon did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Below are some of the more outrageous tweets users came up with.
Why didn’t Nicole just take the knife away from OJ #DonLemonReporting
– david mancha (@Romeobluez) November 19, 2014
Really Mr. Manson, couldn’t you just have ignored the voices? #DonLemonReporting
– Kimberly Ann (@BleacherBabeSTL) November 19, 2014
If you wanted to get married in Texas did it ever occur to you to not be gay? #DonLemonReporting
– Devon M (@DAMitsDevon) November 19, 2014
There were ways to get over the Berlin Wall, ladders, for instance #DonLemonReporting
– Bereket Kelile (@BKelile) November 19, 2014