What happened to Don Lemon?
The CNN host has come under heavy criticism after comments he made on-air in 2013 resurfaced.
The ideas Don Lemon was saying openly on CNN in 2013 would be considered "far right" or even "radical right" today.
It just shows how much damage the "woke" culture has done.
In the video clip, Don Lemon ripped "absent fathers" in the black community as well as "thug" behavior that is often glorified in "rap culture."
Can you imagine if Lemon made those comments today?
In fact, he even agreed with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly!
#CancelCulture would come for him immediately!
See the unbelievable clip for yourself below.
Compare those statements that Don Lemon made in 2013 to clips of him on CNN just this week!
It's like he's a totally different person!
Now, Lemon has come under heavy criticism for the apparent hypocrisy or flip flop.
Many are asking, "Will the real Don Lemon please stand up?"
Fox News has more details on the growing backlash:
CNN host Don Lemon has made news lately for insisting the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t about Black-on-Black crime and downplaying a recent surge in gun violence – but it turns out the 2013 version of Lemon probably wouldn't care for the current edition.
“The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that manner, not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods,” Lemon said on Monday before telling actor Terry Crews he can start his own movement if he’s so concerned with “Black-on-Black” gun violence.
The "CNN Tonight" host also joked on Tuesday about conservative pundits who are concerned about an uptick in crime in Democratic cities. Lemon has emerged as a staunch defender of the Black Lives Matter movement, but only seven years ago he lectured Black people to take responsibility for violence in their communities.
A 2013 clip of Lemon that was recently unearthed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” revealed that Lemon once reported that 72 percent of African American babies are born out of wedlock and children with “absent fathers” are more likely to become criminals.
Lemon also criticized rap music, all while CNN’s on-screen graphics said “five ways to fix our community” and warned Black people to “clean up your act.”
“Studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison,” Lemon said. “Please, Black folks, and if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you, pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior.”
Lemon then blasted “hip-hop and rap culture” that is widely embraced by Black Americans.
"A culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior, a culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you. And it’s not going to,” Lemon said in 2013.
Lemon’s 2013 remarks are a stark contrast to his recent rhetoric, and the clip went viral as a result. NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck wrote that the clip “encapsulated CNN’s tumble toward the farcical and incapable of viewpoints contrary to the liberal mob they help lead.”
Author and political pundit Dave Rubin was among the many critics to mock Lemon's hypocrisy, saying the CNN host went backward.
“The reason this clip on Lemon is lighting up the Internet isn’t really about hypocrisy, people can honestly change their opinions based on new information. (I sure have.) It’s that Lemon went from making reasoned, fact-based arguments, to emotional propaganda. It’s backward,” Rubin wrote.
Other old clips of Lemon were unearthed afterward, including footage of him declaring he was "tired" of talking about race.
As of this writing, neither CNN or Don Lemon has responded to the newly resurfaced video clip.
Social media users, however, quickly began pointing out the radical shift in position.
Some even went as far to call him a hypocrite or sell-out.
Perhaps what's most shocking is that Don Lemon appeared to whole-heartedly agree with Bill O'Reilly.
Of course, one can only imagine the outcry if a CNN or MSNBC host agreed with or even said something nice about a Fox News host.
The Blaze has more details:
Lemon aired a partial clip of O'Reilly saying, "The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family."
Lemon cut back to himself interjecting, "He's got a point. In fact, he's got more than a point. Bill?"
Back to O'Reilly: "Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. Nobody forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision."
Lemon then added, "He is right about that, too. But in my estimation, he doesn't go far enough. Because black people, if you really want to fix the problem, here's just five things that you should think about doing." The video shows Lemon naming points five and four: "pull up your pants" and "the N-word."
Real Clear Politics detailed a longer version of the video in 2013, noting that Lemon said "walking around with your ass and your underwear showing is not OK. In fact, it comes from prison when they take away belts from the prisoners so that they can't make a weapon. And then it evolved into which role a prisoner would have during male-on-male prison sex. The one with the really low pants is the submissive one. You get my point?" As for the N-word, Lemon at the time lobbied for black people to stop using it and asked entertainers to do the same.
"Now number three," he continued in five-point breakdown. "Respect where you live. Start small by not dropping trash, littering in your own communities. I've lived in several predominantly white neighborhoods in my life. I rarely, if ever, witnessed people littering. I live in Harlem now; it's an historically black neighborhood. Every single day I see adults and children dropping their trash on the ground when a garbage can is just feet away. Just being honest here."
Lemon then addressed point number two: "Finish school. You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they're acting white because they go to school, or they speak proper English. ... Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly a million dollars more than a high school graduate. That's a lot of money."
He concluded with point number one, saying it's "probably the most important" of the five: "Just because you can have a baby, it doesn't mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72% of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison, and the cycle continues. So, please, black folks ... pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture ... that glorifies everything I just mentioned: thug and reprehensible behavior. A culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you."
It's rare for someone to change positions so radically and so quickly.
This is why so many social media users are wondering which Don Lemon is the "real" Don Lemon?
Or... does the indoctrination of the radical left really work that quickly?
Whatever the answer, it's clear that the Don Lemon of 2013 would be "canceled" by his peers today.