Bill Cosby sat down with Don Lemon on CNN and had some harsh words for young black men during his interview.
Both Bill Cosby and Don Lemon have, in the past, come under fire for their views on black culture — with the latter drawing ire for agreeing with Bill O’Reilly about racial stereotypes and saying at the time:
“In my estimation, he doesn’t go far enough… Walking around with your a*s and your underwear showing is not okay. In fact, it comes from prison. When they take away belts from prisoners so they can’t make a weapon. And then it evolved into which role each prisoner would have during male-on-male prison sex.”
Lemon’s remarks did not go over well, but Bill Cosby is at least as hard on culture when he makes his comments to the CNN anchor. Cosby talked a bit about having lived in the projects and being poor in the past, also coining a new term — “no-groes.”
“If you drug these people, and then you release them, and there’s no prescription for them to get to take to do the same thing, and they go back to the same place. Now, about this time, this is when you hear the no-groes jump up and say ‘Why don’t you talk about the good things?’ “
“Because the good things happen to be taking care of themselves pretty well. We are trying to help those genius’, those not genius’, people who deserve, because they are human beings on this earth, in the United States of America, we are trying to get them in a position so they will understand and want to.”
Bill also told Don Lemon an anecdote about performing with Sammy Davis, Jr., and learning a lesson in humility and admitting fault — he laughed and recalled:
“[Sammy Davis, Jr.] said, ‘Bill, saying it loud don’t make it right.’ And so, every loud voice you hear yelling about something, and saying ‘Well you just — you lost us. You became a millionaire,’ the reason why I’m giving you this information is because I was living in the projects. I was not taking care of myself in terms of managing my education, and once the door opened and I saw quote, unquote, the light, I started to become very successful.”
Watch Bill Cosby above as he talks about black culture with Don Lemon.