It’s been too long since we heard a helpful piece of advice from our good friend, Don Lemon. The newscaster, when he’s not telling America’s black youth to pull up their pants, had a tip for Joan Tarshis. Tarshis went public this week with allegations that she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby in 1969:
Lemon: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.
Tarshis: 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…I didn’t even think of it.
Brilliant idea, Mr. Lemon. Because as if being raped and having to discuss it isn’t agonizing enough, let’s throw in a side of victim blaming. Lemon has since apologized, for all the good that did.
Team Blackness also discussed a Kentucky fire chief who refused to help a black family in a traffic incident, a new Barbie book about programming that tells girls they need boys to code for them, and Tanzania evicting 40,000 people to make room for the Dubai royal family.