Occupation: CNN anchor
Why they're hated: Makes absurd attempts to "save" the black community
Signature quote: "Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who, by the way, has immersed himself in black hip-hop culture, should not be saying the n-word. So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn't you do the same?"
Just hearing the name "Don Lemon" incites eye-rolls. This is largely because Lemon believes there are "obvious" solutions to the black community's ills, which usually involve doing whatever Lemon says.
If you let Lemon—every "I'm not racist" person's lone black friend—tell it, the issues plaguing the black community are cultural, not economic, as if one doesn't fuel the other. People might be inclined to pull their pants up and stop littering if the message isn't coming from someone standing on a soapbox that reads "AGENDA" to feel tall.
Then, of course, there was his recent attempt to pin Justin Bieber's use of the n-word on blacks. Yes, it's our fault that Bieber, who, at 14, should know right from wrong, made those jokes. As Gawker's Jason Parham points out, Lemon "shifts the moral burden of racism" back onto blacks, believing problems can be solved by simply flipping a switch. That's why his proposed remedy to "hood disease" is to "get out of the hood."
Don Lemon is not black America's mouth piece. He speaks for himself and for his own personal gain. Lemon says he's tired of talking about race. That's fine—the world is tired of listening to him.