Larry Wilmore (The Nightly Show)

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

Colin Gorenstein
June 24, 2015 5:35PM (UTC)

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

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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