CNN’s Don Lemon Asks Cosby Accuser Why She Didn’t “Use Teeth” To Avoid Being Raped

Last night on CNN, Don Lemon was interviewing Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward accusing Bill Cosby of rape, and he just couldn’t stop himself from volunteering some completely unnecessary, bullshit “advice.” For context: Tarshis told CNN that that in 1969, when she was 19, Cosby drugged her. She awoke to him pulling off her underwear and she tried to make Cosby stop by lying and saying she had an infection. Cosby raped her orally instead. “I thought I was very clever in saying that, but he was more clever and instead he made me have oral sex with him, which really was just horrible,” she told CNN. “To me it’s much, much worse than had he just raped me the normal way.”

Oh, but according to Lemon, Tarshis could have prevented that too:

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?

TARSHIS: Yeah.

LEMON: 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.”

TARSHIS: Right.

LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.

TARSHIS: Right.

LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

TARSHIS: 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.

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –

LEMON: As a weapon.

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

LEMON: Biting. So, um –

TARSHIS: Ouch.

LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.

No, you didn’t have to ask, Don Lemon. Seriously, how the fuck does this horrible hack still have a job? [Media Matters]