On June 30, Terry Crews, who emcees the reality series “America’s Got Talent,” tweeted, “We must ensures (Black Lives Matter) doesn’t morph into (Black Lives Better).” Crews has been openly critical of BLM on social media and in the interview with Lemon went so far as to call out the leaders as being ‘secretive’ with an agenda to ‘control’ others, rather than just lift black lives.
After commenting that Crews had “stepped in it” big time, Lemon, 54, asked him to elaborate on his stance.
“There are some very militant type forces in Black Lives Matter and what I was issuing was a warning,” the outspoken #MeToo activist replied. He added that his experience with different groups allowed him to see how “extremes can really go far and go wild” and urged people not to conflate the “great mantra” of Black Lives Matter with the organization’s fanatical leadership.
Recently, BLM has been criticized for targeting everything from Teddy Roosevelt statues to “Paw Patrol” in the name of racial justice. Crews himself previously took heat for a tweet about “black supremacy.”
Lemon interjected by commenting that even Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement were seen as “extreme” during the 1960s.
“The Expendables” actor then brought up the recent spate of gun violence that claimed the lives of multiple children over the past couple of weeks.
“It’s [the movement] got to be all black lives matter,” he said, adding that “black people need to hold other black people accountable.”
However, Lemon clapped back by saying BLM’s focus is not black-on-black crime. “If you want an all Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including black communities, then start that movement,” scolded the CNN Host, analogizing Crews’ statement to asking a cancer group why they aren’t “talking about HIV.”
However, Crews contended that “police brutality is not the only thing they’re [BLM] talking about.”
Lemon countered by saying, “Black Lives Matter is about police brutality and about criminal justice. It’s not about what happens in communities when it comes to crime. People who live near each other, black people, kill each other. Same as whites … it happens in every single neighborhood.”
Needless to say, the inflammatory debate divided social media with some debate spectators feeling that the actor made a fool of himself.