NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 29: Don Lemon attends the 17th Annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association New York benefit at the Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams SoHo Store on March 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images) | Getty
Don Lemon is at it again.
The CNN anchor is dished out more advice with his thoughts on young people in the black community, and this time the subject was Chris Brown. Lemon took on a big brother role, sending a message to the troubled singer who is now headed to rehab.
In the past, Lemon’s been harshly criticized for singling out black teenagers as the “cause of their own demise” but in Lemon’s latest segment on the Tom Joyner morning show, he says he feels sad for Chris Brown and is conflicted on the situation as a whole.
“Conflicted because he’s a celebrity, and I know it’s easy to make him out to be the poster child for bad behavior, especially for bad behavior among young black men because he’s a young black man,” the 47-year-old journalist explains at the beginning of his segment.
Lemon pointed out the fact that Brown is not the only celebrity making headlines for the wrong reasons “Justin Bieber, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen” are also known for their trouble with the law. However, Lemon points out the key distinction with Brown is the severity of the incident with Rihanna.
Although the public may have been willing to give him another chance, Lemon listed the string of other violent incidents affecting Brown’s redemption since then: “the Good Morning America dressing room incident; the Drake entourage altercation; the Frank Ocean altercation; the hit and run in Los Angeles and now this latest arrest in Washington, DC.”
Even still, he didn’t place the full blame on Brown — instead he pointed to the people the singer has around him.
“Okay Chris and I mean this with all honesty and with the best of intentions. I’ve been 24-years-old before and felt invincible; that fades over time and with age comes wisdom and you realize that not everyone talking in your ear has your best interest at heart.
Most of the people you think are your closest friends or closest to you: your boys, your fellas; they don’t give a damn about you.
When you go to jail, you go to jail alone. You don’t know me from Adam but if I can offer you a bit of advice from one man to another, one black man to another.”
Listen to the full segment here.