CNN’s Chris Cuomo faced heavy criticism and accusations of cultural appropriation over the weekend for falsely claiming to be black.
During a hand-off with CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday evening, Cuomo began singing the theme to the 1970s TV show “Good Times.”
Lemon asked Cuomo if he knew about the show, which is about a black family living in a public housing project in Chicago.
Cuomo responded: “You know I’m black on the inside.”
Lemon, who presents externally as black, skipped the comment.
However, many other leftists picked up on it and blasted Cuomo.
It’s f**king offensive. Black isn’t something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being physically Black on the outside. This is cultural appropriation.
— Aisha K. Staggers (@AishaStaggers) March 6, 2021
One user joked that Cuomo and his older brother, the embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appear to be competing for “the s—tiest Cuomo” title.
Are the Cuomo brothers competing for S***tiest Cuomo rn?
— Lady Menopause Believes Meghan & Harry 100% (@LadyMenopause) March 6, 2021
Others demanded that CNN reprimand Cuomo and force its on-air personalities to undergo “sensitivity training.”
Chris Cuomo just said to Don Lemon OUT LOUD on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN, “You know I’m Black on the inside,” and we had to turn off the television because I’m not here for that nonsense. @CNN needs to have some sensitivity training with their on-air personalities.
— RevMaryDande?️? (@SisterMaryDande) March 6, 2021