CNN anchor Don Lemon, who made a Columbia Journalism Review list of “worst journalism of 2014,” has done it again.
Saying she was just singing a song, Lemon on Tuesday defended the house mom for the University of Oklahoma’s now-closed Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Mediaite reports.
The woman, Beauton Gilbow, can be heard in a 2013 Vine post laughing and repeating the n-word at a party. The clip emerged after controversy erupted over the Oklahoma racist frat video.
Lemon, joined by the National Urban League’s Marc Morial and colleague Sunny Hostin, said while it was inappropriate for her to use the n-word, Gilbow was only singing a song. “Is she really racist if some kids are goading her into singing a song?” he asked.
Hostin, who used Gilbow as an example of how racism is “pervasive in the culture of that fraternity,” appeared perplexed by Lemon’s assessment.
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SOURCE: Mediaite | VIDEO SOURCE: CNN
UPDATED: 2 Oklahoma Students Apologize For Racist Frat Chant Video
“There Will Never Be A N-Word:” Oklahoma Frat Closed After Video Of Racist Chant Surfaces
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