A CNN host, Don Lemon, is sorry for a shocking, insensitive remark after receiving heated backlash from the public. CNN’s Lemon has apologized following a “rude” interview in which he told the accuser in the Bill Cosby rape case — identified as Joan Tarshis — that she should have had an option in trying to refuse performing oral sex on the comedian. He implied she might have bitten down on his genitals. USA Today shares the new report on this update in the possible suit this November 20, 2014.
A nationally aired meeting became unprofessional quickly, leaving a CNN host sorry for his comments is now trying to retract them. Don Lemon gave an on-air apology for his insensitive comments made to Tarshis, suggesting that she could have actually bitten the comedian instead of going on to provide the sexual act for him.
Without a doubt, the Bill Cosby rape case has received intense media speculation in recent weeks after the allegations first surfaced against the beloved comedian, likely throwing Lemon’s remarks into an even more controversial light. The CNN anchor has since led to thousands of outraged viewers across the U.S. nation, with many of them taking to Facebook and Twitter to vent their anger.
It was not very long until news returned to the CNN anchor of his rude treatment of the rape accuser. As a result, Don Lemon later provided a live apology for the potentially inappropriate suggestion he had made during the previous interview. At the time, Joan Tarshis — who is arguing that Bill Cosby raped her in the past — was said to have been utterly confused and surprised by the question. Lemon had said to the actress:
“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.” There was a moment of silence.
As stated by News Oxy, the woman behind the suit, Tarshis, revealed herself publicly this Sunday. She was in the middle of an interview with the CNN host, discussing her experience after being allegedly sexually assaulted back in 1969. At the time, she was only 19 years old, and a movie star hopeful. Lemon may be sorry now, but during the interview itself, it seemed she was the one regretting the meeting. Tarshis answered:
“I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind … Now I wish it would have.”
The report continues by sharing that the Bill Cosby rape accuser was then subjected to another controversial (some say insensitive) remark by the CNN host that soon made Twitter ablaze with annoyance over the improper line of questioning. Don went on to ask:
“Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Tarshis initially blinked in response.
Earlier this week, Don Lemon apologized for the forward comment, and the CNN host seemed aware of his mistake. The anchor noted that he in no way was trying to imply any victim of a rape case is at fault for the act or should have done something differently. He said this Wednesday on the air:
“A word about my interview last night with Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis … As I am a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question to her struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry as that is certainly and was not my intention.”
Although he may now be sorry, Lemon’s remark made to Joan Tarshis has gone viral on social media sites, sparking debate between fans arguing whether it was a reasonable question or a highly inappropriate. One Twitter user compared the situation to that of the death of Amelia Earhart:
“If Amelia Earhart didn’t want to die, she shouldn’t have flown that plane over water.” The post was swiftly liked and retweeted dozens of times.
Readers, do you have any response to the “CNN host sorry” headline? Is Don Lemon right to apologize to the Bill Cosby rape accuser? The remark certainly seems out of line, and the public figure seems regretful for his harsh words; did you find it insensitive?