THE phrase “Chris Cuomo forehead” has been trending on social media after his CNN Prime Time TV show on Ash Wednesday.
But why was it trending and what has the television anchor said about it?
Why is ‘Chris Cuomo’s forehead’ trending?
On Wednesday, February 17, CNN viewers were left puzzled when they turned their TVs on to see anchor Chris Cuomo with a cross on his forehead.
People took to social media to ask why exactly the Cuomo Prime Time presenter had ash on his head, causing the phrase “Chris Cuomo’s forehead” to trend on Twitter.
One person wrote: “Someone tell Chris he has dirt on his forehead…jeez.”
While another added: “How embarrassing! Chris Cuomo has a huge dirty smudge on his forehead! Why doesn’t anyone in the studio tell him?”
And a third asked: “I was channel surfing and turned on CNN. Why does Chris Cuomo have a plus sign on his forehead? I’m genuinely curious.”
Why did Chris Cuomo have ash on his forehead?
Chris is a Roman Catholic and was practicing the religious day of Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is an important day in the Christian calendar as it marks the first day of fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control that will be required during Lent.
Lent consists of six weeks of penitence leading up to Easter when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
Its official name is “Day of Ashes”, due to the mostly Catholic practise of rubbing ashes in the sign of the cross on people’s foreheads.
The sign of the cross is meant to show a person belongs to Jesus and symbolises both death and repentance.
The ashes used traditionally come from the burning of crosses used on Palm Sunday the previous year.
During Wednesday’s show actor Daniel Dae Kim wished Cuomo a “Happy Ash Wednesday” and he responded: “Thank you, I appreciate you brother.”
In 2020 on Ash Wednesday Cuomo was interviewing President Joe Biden, who is also a catholic, and the pair both came on stage with crosses on their head.
Biden said: “This was not a planned deal, but, you know, it’s kind of a Catholic thing. Anyway.”
And Cuomo joked: “In the break, we’ll bump heads and nobody will know.”
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