Don Lemon supports Jussie Smollett. The 52-year-old CNN anchor was stopped by the latest episode of Red Table Talk and discussed the recent homophobic and racist attack on the star, in which, according to a source, two men started shouting race and homophobic slurs at Smollett before they repeatedly beat him. The men then poured a substance on him – thought to be a bleach, according to the source – and one of the attackers took a rope around his neck.
"My first reaction was grief. I wasn't shocked. I didn't think it happened to him," Citron, who came out publicly in 2011, said. "I called him because we have common friends. I have the friend in the phone, my friend talked to me for a while. The friend goes," Jussie sees this doctor. "And I talked to Jussie for a while and then he said," I have to go, the doctor is here. "And it just made me sad."
Citron has been alone focused on Smollett's well-being since the attack.
"It has been reported that this happened or it happened, but my greatest concern is for him and for his prosperous being, said lemon." … He must deal with discrimination as a black man, then he must also be homosexual and he's out. And then praises. "
" Fame is not natural. I don't think people would be known, "he continued." When something happens and it's controversial, everyone comes to you, and then I knew everyone would pick their story away. It's not for me. It's not my concern. My concern is for him. "
That trouble has led Lemon to check in at Smollett every day with sms.
" So every day I say … "I know you think I'm annoying to you, but I just want to know how you do it, and that you are OK, and if you need someone you can talk to me because there are not many of us out there, lemon revealed. "Sometimes he answers, sometimes he does not. He replied and said, "You are not annoying." "
Smollett's attack is one of many things too late that led lemon to be afraid in his life as a gay black man.
" I have feared one time ago because of the political environment. I get death threats. I have security, "said lemon." All these things happen. Listen, we have always been ideologically divided, but there is something else going on now. "
Before the last Red Table Talk episode, Jada Pinkett Smith, the host of the show , ET's Kevin Frazier told why she invited lemon on the Facebook Watch Series.
"Don [Lemon] is this week and with the whole Jussie Smollett situation that has arisen, my mother and Willow and I were very interested in the experience of being openly gay, black and male in America, "she explained." It's a very short list, and the only person I can imagine going to the table to talk about that experience is Don. "
"Don came with so much wisdom and so much information, and he really informed me about how the experience is and in a way that I really didn't understand or understood before I talked to Don, she continued. "I hope people who have family members or have children, families struggling to figure out how to handle a child who is open gay, or people trying to figure out how to talk about it, will watch the show."  10 PHOTO
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