Don Lemon recently interviewed Joan Tarshis, a woman who recently accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her 45 years ago. During the interview, Tarshis opened up about lying to Cosby about having an infection so that he wouldn’t rape her. She said that Cosby then forced her to have oral sex with him. That’s when the genius that is Don Lemon chimed in with a smug look on his face saying, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.” The seemingly insensitive suggestion has ruffled many feathers all over the internet and this reaction is pretty typical for Lemon.
When Lemon asked Tarshis why she’s coming out with the alleged accusation now…some 45 years later and she said, “I was 19, I was scared and I thought no one would believe me. He was Mr. America, Mr. Jello. Why would anybody believe me? Take my word against his word? The second time, I kind of felt roped into by my own cards because I didn’t tell my parents. I didn’t want to tell my parents.” And then Lemon interrupted her:
Lemon: Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, ok?
Lemon: Because I know some of you — and you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.”
Lemon: And you said he made you perform oral sex.
Lemon: You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.
Tarshis: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.
Lemon: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?
Tarshis: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –
Lemon: As a weapon.
Tarshis: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.
Lemon: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.
Tarshis: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.
We all know that Lemon tends to say things are a bit questionable. Take a walk with us down memory lane and check out the best of the worst things Don Lemon has said on national television:
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