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Gay Black men are giving Don Lemon the side-eye following his recent appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook series, Red Table Talk.

Lemon’s comments about his dating preferences has sparked debate online after he seemed to suggest that the reason he prefers to date white males is because gay Black males are mostly on the DL (down low).

In a clip posted to Jada’s Instagram, Lemon reveals that many of the Black men he privately dated “were on the down low.”

“It’s almost like cultural appropriation, I want to have the fun, but I don’t want to live that way forever,” Lemon stated.

“After a few drinks you’re like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, are you hitting on me?’” he added.

“But a week later, you don’t want to show up at my house with a rose and say are we having dinner, you can’t deal with that part, but you can deal with the other part,” Lemon said.

“But you don’t want to deal with the romance and the reality of let’s build a home together.”

Corey Andrew of instinctmagazine.com responded to Lemon’s comments, writing:

Being black, gay and male does not automatically put us all into a monolithic existence. Don’s personal struggles are uniquely his and according to celebrity gossip site Madam Noire, Don expressed to Jada Pinkett Smith, daughter Willow and grandmother Adrienne that, “Relationships With Black Men Didn’t Work Because They Weren’t Out.“ This is where I find myself giving him the boy-bye side eye. Really Don? None of us were out? You couldn’t find one black, out, proud, gay male to date in the 80s and 90s?

Lemon went on to say that he’s been in conversation with Jussie Smollett, about his alleged racially-charged hate crime in Chicago.

“For Black, gay men – historically, Black men have stayed in the closet – you have to decide, ‘Do I want to be black, or do I want to be gay?’ And sometimes some of us say we’re too Black to be gay or are we too gay to be Black,” he told Jada Pinkett Smith.

He continued, “So you’ve got it from your own folks or from the larger community, and it hurts. It’s a weight.”

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13 thoughts on “Don Lemon’s Comments About Down Low Brothers Sparks Backlash [Video]

  1. Ihuf-Foot ONLY THING WHITE IS RITE ABT IS THE EVILNESS THEY SQWIM OUT JUST LIKE SEBUM!!!!!!!!! And Butter burnt nut DON”T WANNA DATUM WHEN THEY LOOOK AS UGGGLY AS YOU !!!!!!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

  2. Boo boo on said:

    I think that there’s nothing wrong with Mr. Lemon communication, he’s intelligent, smart and has earned the right to his collaboration of black men, Respect the man

  3. Don keeps it real. Do you brotha……Do you. As for the church as it relates to gays…..it’s the height of hypocrisy. Priests, choir directors, ministers speaking disparagingly about gays across the pulpit, and constantly chasing skirts in the church

  4. Passing Through!! on said:

    There’s nothing wrong with what he said in terms of not wanting to hide his sexuality, maybe he shouldn’t have referred to only black men as being down low as if white men aren’t in the closet too. Sweet Lemon probably prefers white boys. But that just goes to show you white worshiping has no boundaries or sex when it comes to relationships.

    • Ted Gravely on said:

      Passing Through – I guess he never heard of Jim McGreevy and Ted Haggard. I don’t know. White men hide it so well – just ask Catholics. White gay Priests have the downlow down to a science.

    • Ted Gravely on said:

      I guess he never heard of Ted Haggard or Jim McCreevy. Probably missed the memo on Rock Hudson. Totally ignoring all the Catholic Priest. That’s just 20 seconds off my dome.

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