Larry Wilmore mocks CNN's Don Lemon for using the "literal race card"

The "Nightly Show" rolled out a new "calm down" segment just for the special occasion

By Colin Gorenstein

Published June 24, 2015 1:35PM (EDT)

 Larry Wilmore  (The Nightly Show)
Larry Wilmore (The Nightly Show)

In one thoroughly tasteless segment Monday, CNN's Don Lemon attempted to comment on President Barack Obama’s use of the n-word on “WTF with Marc Maron,” holding up a sign with the word in big, bold letters and asking "Does this offend you?”

The wonky race conversation prompted "Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore to introduce a new segment on Tuesday night's program called "Calm Down Don Lemon!"

"Wow. You went literal race card, Don," Wilmore quipped after revisiting the Lemon clip.

"By the way, that is a very impressive card! Kudos to the CNN prop closet just to have that at the ready!" he said. "Hey can someone snag me that 'n*gger' card? Yeah, we're talking about race!"

Watch the clip courtesy of Comedy Central below:


Colin Gorenstein

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