Don Lemon called a 'misogynist' after asking fumbling SE Cupp if she had ‘mommy brain’
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: Don Lemon is under fire after asking CNN Republican commentator SE Cupp if she was suffering from "mommy brain" after she lost her train of thoughts. During Lemon's show Tuesday, the CNN panel was discussing the future of the Republican Party when guest Cupp began fumbling over her words.
"The ideas are not popular among Republicans." Cupp said, discussing firebrand MAGA beliefs, "Thirteen percent of Republicans want a total ban on abortion. Seventy percent of Republicans want... sorry" she said, as she was trailing off. Don Lemon then passed a quirky comment questioning her, "if she was suffering from mommy brain?" Cupp seemed taken aback by Lemon's question and responded with awkward silence that she had merely forgotten what she had said. His comment stunned the Internet, calling him sexist and prejudiced against women.
Don Lemon first jumped in and attempted to complete her thought, then he commented on Cupp's lapse. When the 43-year-old television host said that the “numbers” of Republicans, “don’t add up,” Lemon asked her what she meant by that. In response, she said, “The ideas are not popular among Republicans. Thirteen per cent of Republicans want a total ban on abortion. Seventy per cent of Republicans want... sorry.” Lemon chimed in and asked if she was referring to Republicans who wanted “restricted abortions." Cupp responded with, “No, no, I was going on a different issue.” As she continued with her point, Lemon said, “Did you lose your train of thought? I do it all the time.” Cupp agreed with him and laughed in response.
She then continues making her point and claimed that “a majority of Republicans oppose book bans” and “think that talking about race and learning about racism in school is a good thing”. Lemon then spoke up again and continued to question Cupp about how she lost her train of thought for a moment. “Is it fair to say this because I’m not a mommy, but is it mommy brain?” Cupp responded with, “No, Don, I just forgot what I was going to say”. Lemon laughed and emphasized how he forgets what he’s “talking about all the time”. Other members on the panel chimed in, suggesting it was "Covid fog." Cupp finally voiced herself and said, "No I just forgot what I was going to say!" referring to a term that has been used when a mother forgets something after giving birth to her child. "We're not beating up on you. We're just having fun," Lemon added.
'Mommy brain' is the colloquial name for a condition some mothers experience in the years after childbirth which results in forgetfulness, particularly focused on the verbalization of thoughts and naming things. The condition is caused by a loss of gray matter in the brain that mothers can suffer during pregnancy. Though Cupp has a seven-year-old son, she never apparently complained about experiencing 'mommy brain.' Multiple users on Twitter commented on his sexist remark.
Former 'View' host Meghan McCain “I look forward to ANY man on planet earth being chided on air for having 'daddy brain'. Misogynists run media and are rarely ever held accountable for it.” "Don Lemon's "mommy brain" sexism is allowed, because...you know...CNN + correct politics," a user added throwing shade at CNN. Another user said, "The brain-dead @donlemon reminded viewers why his shows ratings are tanking. I’m no fan of @secupp, but the “Mommy Brain” comment was insulting and humiliating. Lemon is classless. @CNN" "@DonLemon you should be fired for the mommy brain comment. No violence comment while dining in rich area, continued racist comments should add up to fire you. Mansplaining, ignorant comment. What’s your excuse for all the stupid things you say? @CNN," a user said remarking Don Lemon should be fired for his comments.
I look forward to ANY man on planet earth being chided on air for having “daddy brain”…— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 7, 2022
Misogynists run media and are rarely ever held accountable for it. https://t.co/4inCDYHzuz
Don Lemon's "mommy brain" sexism is allowed, because...you know...CNN + correct politics.— John Romano #diction (@johnromano) September 7, 2022
@DonLemon you should be fired for the mommy brain comment. No violence comment while dining in rich area, continued racist comments should add up to fire you. Mansplaining, ignorant comment. What’s your excuse for all the stupid things you say? @CNN— Linda Carter (@madmaxxcat) September 7, 2022
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