‘Just read the news’: Russell Simmons calls Don Lemon ‘a dangerous talking head’

CNN’s Don Lemon certainly struck a nerve in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal when he delivered some “tough love” to the African-American community, passing along his list of five rules to follow, handily encapsulated in a single tweet.

Those comments drew quite a backlash, with MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor declaring Lemon a “turncoat mofo who made it up and out, then cut the rope ladder behind him.” Days later, Lemon is standing by his statements, and still feeling the heat. Today it was Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons who called out Lemon as a slave and a “dangerous talking head.”

Agreed. It wasn’t hoodies either, no matter what Geraldo Rivera says. What did destroy the black community, then?

Lemon maintains his surprise that “the things my mom taught me in kindergarten are so controversial.” It seems those teachings are still going on out there, somewhere.

  • RblDiver

    “blame ourselves for the condition of our community.” If community members aren’t to blame for their community’s state, pray tell who is!

    • 1SkepticalChick

      People who don’t even live there, silly!

    • http://nailsonblackboards.blogspot.com/ Bernie Gilbert


      I’m a white racist who’s been going around killing black youths, knocking up 15-year-old black girls, going into the hood selling drugs to them, and going into the junior high schools telling them schools are for suckers and they should drop out as soon as they turn 16.

      And they can’t get jobs because I’ve been telling them that nothing impresses a potential employer more than seeing you pimp-roll into an interview with your pants hanging down below your butt.

      And I’ve been telling working people of all colors to move out of the neighborhoods where gunfire is part of every summer night, because otherwise, they’d stay there eating popcorn and enjoying the carnage, even though an occasional toddler of theirs might take a bullet to the head.

      Yup. My fault. Make me stop doing all that stuff.

      • AaronHarrisinAlaska

        I had a manager who got in trouble for telling a kid there was no way in hell she would hire him “looking like that.” When our area manager showed up to talk to her and the stated after he forced her to call him in for an interview he took one look at the lopsided hat wearing, baggy sagging pants having, crip walking, ebonics speaking, knuckle dragger and told her he was sorry for doubting her.

        The next black kid who came in after him was cleanly dressed, plain spoken, and neatly trimmed. He started on the job the week after and made his way to assistant manager after transferring to another store that needed more man power

        Clothes, the way you walk, the way you speak are not a representation of your “struggle.” They’re a representation of your refusal to commit to polite society because “that’s how whitey acts.”

        • The Penguin


        • CatHerder

          “You are as you appear” was Gospel to us, drummed in since we were old enough to understand. Still true today.

          • The Penguin

            “Perception is reality”.

        • Garth Haycock

          I can’t remember his name, but the solid conservative who filled in for Eric today made a great comment about how one should dress. He said “Don’t dress like a suspect; dress like a prospect.”

          Good advice for anyone.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I think we all know the left’s answer to that question.

    • Frank Drebin

      “conservatives love when we blame ourselves for the condition of the community.”

      Change that to –

      “Conservatives love when we accept responsibility for our own successes.”

      Same situation, different perspective. It’s Russell Simmons, and others, selling helpless victimhood that are doing “disservice to black community”.

  • The Penguin

    Institutional racism? WTF is he talking about? Yup, that not taking responsibility for ones own actions has worked real well so far hasn’t it Russ. Say…like..I don’t know… Detroit! smfh…

    • Stone Bryson

      “Institutional racism” is very much alive in well. In Detroit. And Chicago. And Los Angeles. And St. Louis. Indeed, progressive policies in these locales have been institutionalizing the racism for decades… the kind of policies Russell Simmons fully supports. Curious… isn’t it?

      Never thought the day would come where I’d be supporting Don Lemon. The world is upside-down…

      • The Penguin

        Absolutely. This was my point. Although not so eloquently stated as your comment was. Appreciate the quantification.

      • freeinaz

        That’s exactly what I was thinking when it comes to Don Lemon, but this time he really is spot on. Russell Simmons, not so much. Simmons appears to want to continue the victim status.

  • TocksNedlog

    Apparently, the “national conversation on race” is supposed to go a little something like this:
    Blacks = victims
    Whites = victimizers
    — Good conversation! Hope you enjoyed the coffee-cake.

    • Clayton Grant

      There’s cake??

      • TocksNedlog

        Don’t fall for it! It’s only there to entice you to come in, sit down and listen to what a horrible racist you are!!!


        • RblDiver

          The coffee cake was brown. Clearly, by eating it you’re a racist, trying to keep the brown down!

          • tops116

            “The coffee cake was brown. Clearly, by eating it you’re a racist, trying to keep the brown down!”

            Ah, but they used sugar to make the cake, which insinuates that all blacks are part white. Let us all now protest against bakeries everywhere!

        • tops116

          “Don’t fall for it! It’s only there to entice you to come in, sit down and listen to what a horrible racist you are!!!”

          So, it’s like MSNBC, but with cake instead of a fat white guy.

        • The Penguin

          Hearing that already…might as well get some cake with it.

      • AaronHarrisinAlaska

        The cake was a lie

        • The Penguin

          “And there was very little rejoicing…aaawwe”

      • Garth Haycock

        Yes. Tell us more about the cake.

      • tops116

        It’s kept with Obama’s college transcripts, so it’s not like we’ll ever see it.

      • SideshowJon36

        Not for you, Racist!

    • The Penguin

      I didn’t get cake :(

      • AaronHarrisinAlaska

        Wise man say: you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.

    • Zach Smith

      And remember to put your reparations in the basket on the way out.

  • Steve_J

    Simmons is really oblivious.

  • Rick Bowser

    Mr. Simmons doesn’t leave much to the imagination, as to who he, and the other dime store, Black panther wanna-be’s, believe is responsible for the ” condition of the community”. It’s blame whitey, and blame the Capitalistic system, that made Simmons a very rich man, But by all means don’t blame the glorification of the thug lifestyle you’ve shamelessly cashed in on!

    • trixiewoobeans

      That’s it in a nutshell. Like Sharpton, Jackson and others, THIS IS HOW THEY MADE AND KEEP THEIR MONEY!! It’s all about enriching themselves at the expense of the very people they purport to care about. They keep “selling them into slavery” over and over again.

  • Thought Criminal #1

    We have a black Preezy and Simmons acts like it’s still 1964. Maybe if the black community stopped committing murder at ten times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, stayed in schools we drown in money, stopped dealing drugs and being gang bangers maybe things would improve.

  • The Penguin

    I’m confused. Is he saying these “diseased people”,criminals, should not have been locked up to begin with…not let out…or relocated to non-black neighborhoods once released? That one made me dizzy.

  • TocksNedlog

    “# 1 enemy of black America has been the war on drugs”
    — Because . . . blacks do MORE drugs than whites? Because the lives of blacks are so horrible they HAVE to do drugs just to make it through the day? Because the ONLY way many blacks can make a living is to sell drugs?
    You don’t think very highly of black people, do you, Mr. Simmons?

    • The Penguin

      Good point…but didn’t you mention something about cake earlier?…just sayin’

      • TocksNedlog

        Some victim of the war on drugs got the munchies and ate all of the cake.
        Focus, people!

        • The Penguin

          cake-cake-cake-cake-cake-cake-cake-cake-cake…okay, focused.

    • Damien Johnson

      nope. he doesn’t. I believe my latest post on this thread needs to be seen by everybody.

  • tjack

    Russell has used and abused black Americans as much as the worst of America’s slave holders. Only the KKK and RS want black Americans to continue selling and using drugs, brilliant.

  • Dragomance

    The most disgusting thing about this is that Simmons called Lemon a slave.I don’t often find myself agreeing with him but he is right that there has been a growing lack of structure and values in the family.

    But,like Lemon said,I don’t think HE went far enough.Whites are also experiencing this as well.

    • Zach Smith

      Black families are almost non-existent today. Only 1 in 4 black children are born to married mothers.

    • AKB

      I think that what pisses RS off is that Lemon isn’t willing to be a slave to groupthink and instead is expressing his personal opinion (how dare he?).

  • ceemack

    Shorter Simmons: “Because Whitey”.

  • Steve_J

    If more people followed Lemon’s advice Simmons business model would be in the toilet.

    • grais

      which is the Only reason that Simmons is pretending to be mad or frightened or whatever he’s pretending. Lemon is a threat to Simmons’ fortune.

      • el_polacko

        lemon is a threat to simmons because lemon is openly gay and simmons is a huge closet case who’s worried about protecting his cabal of closeted rappers and hip-hoppers.

  • LinTaylor

    So many things about this just make me shake my head…

    I may not agree with Don Lemon 99% of the time, but the thing is, what he said is just plain good advice, PERIOD. Not just for blacks, but for whites, Latinos, Asians, everybody. It’s simple common sense that being respectful and supportive are good things, and yet all these people leaping down his throat like “Uncle Rush” here are basically suggesting that everybody of African descent has a special inborn right to actively avoid acting like decent human beings because it’s how they fight “The Man”. So tell me, who’s really holding blacks back, “Whitey”, or the people who say they have to act angry and anti-authority at all times?

    Also, Simmons’ crap about hip-hop clothes and language being part of “the struggle” would probably not ring so hollow if a vast majority of hip-hop wasn’t guys boasting about how they’re rich, famous, successful, and promiscuous. Or alternately how they beat up and/or murder policemen just for existing. Just saying.

    Oh, and for your example about Malcom X? I guess you kinda forgot the part where he had a spiritual awakening after his pilgrimage to Mecca, where he saw Muslims of all races treating one another as equals, and decided to preach towards racial unity rather than division. Then again, based off your attitude, you’d probably have been one of the people who called Malcom a traitor to his kind for that shift in attitude.

    In short, Russel, go jump in a lake. I say this not as a white man to a black man, but as a thinking, compassionate human being to one whose main goal in life seems to be encouraging racial warfare.

    • Zach Smith

      Simmons also sells hip-hop clothing, which are probably made by Chinese workers who are even poorer than the people he is selling them to.

    • Damien Johnson

      I’m only “anti-authority” towards people in high positions like Russell Simmons, propagating this bs.

      • LinTaylor

        Amen sir, amen.

  • Jack Deth

    Russell Simmons: One time somebody. Present day nobody playing the Step’en Fetchit Overseer for the African American Generational Plantation.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    “40 yrs in diseased prison blah blah blah”
    Why did they end up in prison for 40 years?

  • Love of Country

    FYI http://www.godlikeproductions.com/sm/custom/7530dd1011.jpg

    Russell Simmons ✔ @UncleRUSH

    Don Lemon conservatives love when we blame ourselves for the condition of the community. You do disservice to black community

    Russell’s tweet is proof positive there is an entire black cottage industry obsessed with telling black American youth that all the bad decisions they make in life are all the fault of white Republicans. But if they never take self-inventory and accountability of their words and actions then it will be absolutely 100% impossible for them to improve.

    And so unbelievably this heinous subterfuge is all by design. But what all of the talking heads on Fox are missing is that this grievance industry is less about making money and more about keeping 95% of black people voting straight ticket for life and winning elections. So far everyone has left out of the discussion all of the political motivations of these horrifically racist race-hustlers

  • Magnifico

    Just to clarify, Russell; broken families and gang violence are pointing African-Americans in the right direction?

    • The Penguin

      Yes, and we need to embrace and accept it….or some silly sh*t…

  • Garth Haycock

    Simmons needs to get a Yankees cap that is a larger size, as the one he currently wears is restricting the flow of blood to his brain.

  • tops116

    “You do disservice to black community”

    Behold, the most ironic thing Russell Simmons has ever said.

  • Jeremy

    Russell Simmons is a race hustler like Sharpton.

  • Guest

    I am so sure Russel Simmons is really concerned with Black America. Does this look like a guy who is in touch with the black community.


    • Jeremy

      lol Paris Hilton

  • An American Veteran

    I am so sure Russel Simmons is really concerned with Black America. Does this look like a guy who is in touch with the black community.

    • Jeremy

      Hanging with Paris Hilton how hilarious.He is who he rolls with.

    • Rick Bowser

      Yeah, the community…. “THE BLACK PIMPS COMMUNITY!”

  • neoface

    Russel Simmons is a clueless talking head, have money will travel!!! I’m still not sure what his talent is.

    • Jeremy

      He is talented at being an idiot.

  • Gallatin

    Russell Simmons ✔
    Hip hop language and clothes are expressions of frustration w/the status quo, your a dangerous talking head just read the news

    Hip hop language and clothes have been around for how long now? Pray tell Uncle Rush when can we expect them to change the “status quo”? Possibly when you are done making money off of them perhaps?

  • notenoughtime

    It is difficult to take an adult seriously who still wears a baseball hat on a daily basis and has become a millionaire peddling his expensive clothing to a population who have bought into the garbage that a pair of shoes is cool and not an education.

  • ObamaFail

    He wants to talk about dangerous talking heads? He helped elect the most dangerous talking head we’ve ever had.

  • Chip

    Simmons also won’t let conservative blacks drink out of the “Blacks Only” fountain.

  • Herman LaClair

    methinks mr simmons realizes how wealthy he’s gotten from the culture he espouses. can’t kill the golden-egg-laying goose, can you?

  • Medicinewoman2

    When I was growing up we called old men like Russell perverts.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Russell Simmons ✔ @UncleRUSH # 1 enemy of black America has been the war on drugs #newjimcrow”

    Yeah. And those stupid guns keep killing people too.

  • missyree68

    Russell I think you should take a little more time in thinking about this.

  • SideshowJon36

    Who knew the Reverend Martin Luther King was a “Black Muslim”?

  • NickGranite

    “The war on drugs did it”. If a battle against a criminal activity that is obviously harmful kept down a whole people for decades, then that is a pretty sad indictment. Russell Simmons was a big time purveyor of a culture that helped bring them down and got him rich….and now he’s seems to be against personal responsibility. It’s somebody else’s fault. It’s like giving Al Sharpton a platform on race relations…as if he wants to fix it.

  • http://trinaleagrant.com/ Trina Lea Grant

    Russell Simmons has cornered the market with the very people he is referring to. They are his market base, in fact, hence it would behoove him to cater to them. He would be an idiot to tell them to do the things Lemon is suggesting, as he has managed to brand that lifestyle and make a fortune off of it.

  • http://www.common2cents.org/ Soulphoenix

    Let’s see – it’s OUR taxpayer money that goes to the welfare payments that are used to buy Russell Simmons’ trash and increase his $300+ million net worth.

    NOW I see why he would complain so vehemently against culture change – he’s making BANK off of a bankrupt culture. Pure, money-grubbing hypocrite.

  • PatriotRG

    as opposed to a dangerous talking a*s like Russel

  • theslowrider

    Ruthell Thimmons: excuse maker, and no help in solving problems, whatsoever. NEXT!

  • Smokey Behr

    At least Russell Simmons didn’t call Don Lemon a “House Negro” like others of the “tolerant” Left have called any Conservative or Seen-on-Fox Black American.

  • BigTBoom

    Here’s a three word battle plan to attack “enemy #1″…Stop Using Drugs!

  • Damien Johnson

    So Russell, a man who “counseled Lil Reese in private” instead of firing him, is doing less of a disservice than a guy expressing his opinion. Gotcha.

    *Chief Keef and Lil Reese are friends, and are rappers that represent everything wrong with why people hate hip hop. Lil Reese especially was video-taped beating a woman in her own house after she asked him to leave, and this tape surfaced on youtube late last year. The girl did not file charges, and he didn’t get charges
    filed on him because the incident was a long time ago or something like
    that. Lil Reese did not lose his record deal. The incident was before he was signed with Def Jam but that’s no excuse. He was also very unapologetic for what he did. What makes this worse is it was actually his baby mother that he beat. Whatever your feelings on the Chris Brown thing (he’s a piece of crap), we couldn’t actually see what happened there. This was absolutely brutal and sickening, especially when some of his friends joined in beating her.

    Lil Reese and Chief Keef both are also loosely (or directly)
    connected to a murder of a 16 year old in Chicago who was just riding
    his bike. This 16 year old was trying to get a record deal too by making
    violent raps the same way Lil Reese and Chief Keef got theirs, and
    eventually he went too far and made a music video waving guns and
    threatening to kill members of the gang Lil Reese and Chief Keef are in. Lil Reese was actually video taped saying “I’ma kill you!” to Lil Jojo. Lil Jojo died later that night, just riding his bike. This story was reported a few times but not circulated over and over like the story of a certain guy in a hoodie carrying skittles and tea.

    Here is Russell’s article excusing this, with “Trayvon Parents fighting SYG laws” conveniently on the side at the moment.


    This was Lil Reese’s tweet after the video went viral. Which ironically, actually CONFIRMED that was him in the video. Censorship added.

    “”The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum sh– from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late…#3hunna,” he wrote. “Dis wat doin betta den da next mf bring small s— it’s nothin time 2 turn Uppp f— it…#3hunna.””

    And here’s his halfway apology.

    ““Everybdy makes mistakes,” the tweet read. “I was out of charcter & ive grown sense then Dont judge me for my past i can admit my wrongs and I apologize.#3hunna.””

    Yeah. Russell is such a paragon for the black community.

    • littleones


      • Damien Johnson

        Thanks :) I only wish I saw this article earlier, twitchy needs to see this.

  • lillymckim

    So Russell Simmons just “WHO IS to blame for “the condition of the community” as you put it and when did Don Lemons description of personal responsibility become a dangerous disservice to anyone or to any community?

  • BwBarrnone

    Oh yes, RS is just a dude that made it and sits up on high, yet feels he did not make it. UnKool

  • Inflames

    Funny I bet old Russel doesn’t live by those misunderstood black folk. Bet he’s in a Lilly white neighborhood.

    Odd that his tweets blamed everything on white people…that’s a bold new way of looking at problems in the black community. Ahh yes baggy pants and thug actions are just expressing frustrations against the status quo. Yet in this case isn’t blacks acting like and being thugs the status quo?