CNN’s Don Lemon is under fire for a question he asked of Joan Tarshis, one of comedian Bill Cosby’s many rape accusers, during an interview. Lemon essentially posed the question: Well, why didn’t you just bite his d*ck off?
“Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?” Lemon began. “Because I know some of you — and you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “‘I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.'”
“Right,” Tarshis responded.
“And you said he made you perform oral sex,” Lemon continued.
“Right,” the accuser said again.
“You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” said Lemon, suggesting that she should have tried a little harder not to be a victim of rape.
“Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have,” Tarshis responded.
“Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Lemon pressed. “As a weapon.”
“Yeah. I didn’t even think of it,” Tarshis told him.
“Biting,” Lemon said. “So, um…”
“Ouch,” said Tarshis. “No, it didn’t cross my mind.”
How are Lemon’s remarks any different from “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” as our friend Rep. Todd Akin claimed in 2012?