I was stunned while watching CNNs Don Lemon explain to Poppy Harlow that Nikki Haley was past her prime as a woman. Harlow is most certainly no fan of Haley, but she couldn’t believe it either. Lemon said, “Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime, sorry.” He continued, placing his foot firmly in his mouth, “A woman is considered to be in their prime in their 20’s and 30’s and maybe 40’s. If you Google when a woman is in her prime, it’ll say 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.” At that point, I think he realized what he had just said and back pedaled. Harlow basically just stared at him in disbelief.
To put his comment into context, he was referencing Haley’s comment, when she said that there should be a mental competency test for any politician over 75-years of age. That would apply to both Biden and Trump, so it wasn’t a partisan statement. Lemon on the other hand, said something that was unbelievably stupid. First, Americans can’t run for President until they reach the age of 35. So, referring to women in their 20’s is irrelevant. Second, if he had half a brain, he would have realized that clearly the Google search would have been referring to women’s prime reproductive years. That in and of itself is offensive. It came out as if women are only productive or competent, during their reproductive years.
Perhaps we can attribute it to the fact that he’s an out of touch, stuck up pompous ass, or perhaps we can attribute it to him being a dumb male first and gay, second. I bring up the fact that he’s gay because if Trump or any other straight male had said it, it would be referred to as “toxic masculinity.” I’m just keeping it real. So perhaps, it’s more about men being stupid. No one deserves a free pass or a get out of jail card simply because they’re liberal or conservative. Whatever the reason, it was the height of stupidity and difficult to understand how he didn’t comprehend that as he was saying it.
Nevertheless, he said it and has since apologized in a tweet stating, “The reference I made to a woman’s “prime” this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it.” The tweet continued, “A woman’s age doesn’t define her either personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who prove that every day.” While I strongly believe people should be forgiven for their mistakes, (we all make them,) since Lemon has a superiority complex, and is this fantastic liberal, he should be held to higher standard. When Poppy finally responded, he sought of laughed it off and attempted to blame Google. “It’s not me, it’s Google.” He had an annoying, smug, smirk on his face, appearing to still not comprehend exactly what he had done wrong.
Lemon’s behavior was an extreme and blatant example of misogyny. There’s no other way to describe it. It was almost as if insulting Haley was ok because she’s from the enemy camp without realizing that he had insulted all women. People are allowed to make errors and they should be allowed to apologize for those errors. No one would want to live in a world where there’s no forgiveness. But as a reporter, or more accurately a celebrity newscaster, he needs to be held to a higher standard. He has focused almost entirely on ripping apart Trump and Republicans, for their stupidity and small mindedness. He must now be held to the same standard he demands of his adversaries. Therefore, Don Lemon should be asked to turn in his resignation or be terminated.