Charlamagne tha God was dragged all over social media for being seen out in public with Tomi Lahren, a conservative host who has gained notoriety for her impassioned rants against Black Lives Matter and other issues.
In explaining why he chose to meet with Lahren over the weekend, Charlamagne said on “The Breakfast Club” that he was trying to make sure Lahren was exposed to a point of view that wasn’t her own.
“Do you want diplomacy or do you want division,” he asked. “I’m talking to Tomi because I care about the rhetoric that comes out of her mouth, because she has influence. The narrative she paints about Black Lives Matter is dangerous. The same way people can hit her up on social media and tell her how wrong she is, I can meet with her [in person] and tell her the same things. I don’t like talking about people. I like talking to them.”
“I chose to inform her,” he said. “I don’t know if she’s going to change or not. I just know I did my due diligence and had that conversation with her.”
He also took to Twitter to suggest that Lahren has a voice that black women simply don’t use, saying, “Would be dope if a young black or Hispanic ‘WOKE’ woman used social media to create a Platform to be a voice like Tomi Lahren did.”
Would be dope if a young black or Hispanic “WOKE” woman used social media to create a Platform to be a voice like Tomi Lahren did.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) December 7, 2016
Of course that didn’t go over well with black women on Twitter. The radio personality was quickly taken to task by women of color, particular those working in media spaces.
“I’ve supported you for years and took a lot of flack for it, but this is wild. A whole White supremacist Barbie doll, fam?” tweeted Jamilah Lemieux, vice president of news programming at Interactive One.
“…you’re ignoring the fact that these sort of shows DO exist, they just don’t get the attention or resources.”
Charlamagne tweeted back, “And point me in the direction of these shows. I have no problem learning.”
On Wednesday morning, Charlamagne made himself “Donkey of the Day” on his radio show, to admit that he was wrong for his statements.