CNN's Don Lemon holds up N-word sign on-air, asks 'Does this offend you?'

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The CNN Tonight host waded into the debate about President Obama's recent use of the n-word on Marc Maron'sWTF podcast by holding up a sign with the racial epithet written in large capital letters and then asking the audience whether the word offended them. Lemon also tried to conflate the controversy around the n-word with the visual offense caused by the Confederate Flag.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Don Lemon (L) and John Berman attend the CNN The Seventies Launch Party at Marquee on June 9, 2015 in New York City. 25520_224.JPG (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 13: (L-R) Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper attends the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_DK_0765.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 13: Don Lemon attends the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_DK_0872.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (L-R) Erin Burnett, Michaela Pereira, Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota attend the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_DK_1423.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Don Lemon attends 'The 35 Most Powerful People In Media' celebrated by The Hollywoood Reporter at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Journalist Don Lemon attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Don Lemon arrives at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Don Lemon, host, CNN attends the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards After Party Sponsored By BET Networks And Beats Music at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO, GLAAD, and Don Lemon, host, CNN, attend the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards After Party sponsored by BET Networks and Beats Music at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Don Lemon, host, CNN, speaks onstage at the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Journalist Don Lemon speaks during ADCOLOR Live! 2014 at One Time Warner Center on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: TV news journalist Don Lemon speaks on stage at Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards Dinner at The Metropolitan Pavillion on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Journalist Don Lemon speaks on stage the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AdColor)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Journalist Don Lemon and actor Nick Cannon attend the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for AdColor)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: TV personality Don Lemon attends Trevor Live: An Evening Benefiting the Trevor Project at Capitale on June 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Lemon's attempts to provoke debate didn't seem to work judging by the reaction on Twitter where his actions were met by a storm of ridicule, protest and genuine bewilderment.



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