CNN anchor Don Lemon recently confronted music icon and civil rights legend Gladys Knight over her decision to proudly sing the national anthem before this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Lemon likely wasn’t expecting such a thorough and calm smackdown from his guest.
The CNN anchor first played a clip of Hollywood attorney Mark Geragos claiming anyone who agrees to perform for the NFL during the Super Bowl cares for about their “career” than “doing what is right.”
Then came Lemon’s leading question: “Numerous performers declined to sing at the Super Bowl this year. How do you respond to that?”
Knight didn’t get the least bit flustered. Her response shut him down.
“People are going to have their opinions about whatever. And all I can deal with right now is what my heart says,” Knight responded.
He continued: “I grew up with the National Anthem, we used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayer in school before school started. And we just don’t have that anymore. And I’m just hoping it will be about our country, and what we are about, and about the great country that we are.”
Watch the interview below:
Still not ready to let it go, Lemon claimed singer Chrisette Michele basically lost her career for singing the national anthem, an obvious scare tactic.
“You know what,” nothing good comes easy,” she shot back at Lemon. “And I would hope they understand, as I do, that we have a better way to do this than to be all angry. … For me, it’s about respect. If we just start denying the Anthem, there are so many people who have died for our country.”
Watch her amazing Super Bowl performance below:
Knight actually lived through the civil rights movement and fought for equality and real racial injustice. She truly understands what makes America great.