CNN host Don Lemon’s fashion choices infuriated Tucker Carlson Friday night — so much so that the TBEN News host compared Lemon’s style to self-harm.
To help underscore his curiously specific fashion frustrations with Lemon, Carlson enlisted longtime Republican operative and self-proclaimed fashion guru Roger Stone.
“He recently showed up at work dressed as John Fetterman. Kind of a homeless vibe, he was wearing a hoodie with a suit jacket,” the TBEN News host said to open the segment, concluding that Lemon’s outfit must be a “cry for help.”
Carlson then welcomed Stone – who has a storied history of publishing a best and worst dressed list annually – to give his take on Lemon’s wardrobe.
“I’ve put together an international list of the best and worst clothes,” Stone said. The provocator went on to state that the CNN host should now be willing to get on Stone’s “worst” dressed list.
“You’re right. This is wrong on all counts, unless, of course, you’re running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania,” Stone joked.
Stone then put forward the theory that Lemon – who recently donned a white blazer and white T-shirt – was looking for an acting role in a remake of Miami Vice.
But then Carlson had to go one step further.
“There’s bad taste, but if you go further down the spectrum, you get self-harm, and that’s where he is. He’s hurting himself,” the TBEN News host said before comparing Lemon’s fashion decisions to “cutting” himself. (A CNN spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment Friday evening.)
Stone responded by calling the world of haute couture a “slippery slope” before disagreeing with another of Lemon’s outfits that lacked a “formal bow tie”.
“No one would wear shorts and a jacket unless, of course, you were in Bermuda. So either it’s an outreach for a new constituency or it’s a senatorial cry for help,” Stone added.
Stone has long called himself a fashion expert, but his critics claim he has no idea what he’s talking about.
Derek Guy, menswear editor who occasionally appears in The Washington Post and writes for the fashion blog Put This On, is far from impressed with Stone’s fashion choices over the years. Guy joked that a stone pocket square looked like a “hotel napkin“was one of his shirt collars”to give birth to a draw,” and the foul cheater should be found “guilty of tampering, but innocent of tapering.”
Guy once summarized his thoughts on Stone’s self-proclaimed fashion expertise.
“Roger Stone’s clothes come across as clownish. He claims he likes classic menswear, but his actual style is adorned with too many gimmicky elements,” Guy wrote. “Cut-out collar, exploding pocket squares, lapel chain, crazy glasses, etc.”