Academy Award victor Michelle Yeoh appeared to instrumentality a swipe astatine CNN’s Don Lemon successful her historical Best Actress acceptance code astatine the Oscars Sunday nighttime — but the big shamelessly ignored the excavation connected aerial Monday morning.
The 60-year-old Malayan-born Yeoh became the archetypal Asian histrion and lone the 2nd pistillate of colour to triumph successful the class for her groundbreaking relation successful “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
In her affectional code connected Hollywood’s biggest signifier astatine the Dolby Theater successful Los Angeles Sunday night, Yeoh, proudly lifting her aureate statuette, said: “This is impervious that dreams, imagination big, and dreams bash travel true. And ladies, don’t fto anybody archer you you’re ever past your prime.”
The line, which drew raucous cheers and applause from the audience, seemed to beryllium directed astatine Lemon’s arguable caller remarks astir Republican statesmanlike hopeful Nikki Haley’s age, which sparked a firestorm past period — and temporarily sidelined the seasoned CNN big contempt his 2 groveling apologies.
During Monday’s installment of CNN This Morning, Lemon and his co-hosts, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins, aired a conception astir the Academy Awards and discussed Yeoh’s trailblazing win.
“I thought it was peculiarly reaffirming particularly for Asian Americans, American actors oregon conscionable Asian Americans successful the country,” Lemon said, earlier adding, “I thought it was a truly important and reaffirming infinitesimal for Asian Americans and I anticipation that you cognize they consciousness it successful this state and that everyone does.”
CNN played a information of Yeoh’s speech, but not the portion astir women ne'er being “past their prime.”
The sheet besides ne'er discussed her remarks.
Harlow past abruptly tried to wrapper up the segment, saying, “alright, truthful let’s determination on” arsenic she changeable a glimpse astatine Collins — portion Lemon sat betwixt the 2 pistillate presenters, staring expressionless into the camera.
The on-air speech came conscionable weeks aft Lemon was yanked disconnected the aerial aft accusations of ageism.
While discussing the erstwhile South Carolina governor’s nascent run to unseat the 80-year-old President Biden during a February broadcast, Lemon opined that she should not beryllium talking critically astir different politicians’ age, being a pistillate implicit 50.
“This full speech astir property makes maine uncomfortable,” Lemon said astatine the time.
“I deliberation it’s the incorrect roadworthy to spell down. She says people, you know, politicians oregon thing are not successful their prime. Nikki Haley isn’t successful her prime, sorry. A pistillate is considered to beryllium successful their premier successful 20s and 30s and possibly 40s.”