CNN is airing a special called “The N Word,” hosted by Don Lemon, on Monday night.
Lemon will be debating the use of the word, in light of the recent allegations of racism against Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman trial. TV Newer reported that the special will air at 7 p.m. in lieu of“Outfront,” while Erin Burnett is on vacation.
Lemon has previously said that he believes journalists should say the full word, instead of the phrase “n-word,” when reporting a story. “I think someone should say, that person called someone ‘nigger,’ instead of saying ‘the n-word,’ because I think it sanitizes it,” he explained last year, adding that he hated the use of the word in music and when it’s used for misogynistic purposes.
He reiterated those views while speaking to Burnett last week. “That is the word,” Lemon said. “I don’t go around calling people that word and I don’t like it when I hear it, but I think it needs to be said.”