CNN anchor Don Lemon forcefully criticized rapper Kanye West on Thursday for the things he said during a meeting with President trumpDonald John Trump Trump repeats the claim without evidence that paid protesters interrupted his rallies Five points to draw from the final debate of the Tennessee Senate Trump opposes the Democrats at the Pennsylvania rally as Hurricane Michael hits Florida MORE in the Oval Office, calling it a "minstrel show".
"I have no animosity for Kanye West," Lemon said on CNN. "I'm just going to be honest and I can get into a lot of trouble because of that, I really feel bad for him, what I saw was a minstrels' show today.
"He faced all these whites, mostly whites, he was ashamed of himself and embarrassed the Americans, but mostly the African-Americans, because every one of them is sitting at home or with their phones, watching this, shrinking "
Lemon then added that Trump exploited someone "who needs help" and "who needs to deal with their problems" during the much publicized meeting.
"Kanye needs help, this has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative, we have to stop pretending … as if this were normal," Lemon said, before warning the media to cover the event.
His criticism of West came just hours after West met with Trump at the White House to discuss a number of issues, including the prison system, the 13th Amendment and ways to improve the lives of African-Americans in inner cities. .
Among other things, West, who put on a red "Make America Great Again" hat during the meeting, said Trump was surprised that a "crazy mother" like West would back him up.
"Trump is on his hero's journey right now," West said.
West has attracted considerable scrutiny for his unwavering support for Trump. He aroused controversy last month after going on a pro-Trump tirade during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live."