Last week, iHeartRadio’s hit radio show, The Breakfast Club had two guests of note in a 4 day span. The first was transgender activist and author Janet Mock. Mock was there promoting her new book, Surpassing Certainty.
A few days later, the show had comedian Lil’ Duval on. Lil’ Duval made “jokes” about how if he found out he’d slept with a trans woman, “this might sound messed up, and I don’t care, she dyin’.”
While the hosts initially tried to shut him down, they later used Mock’s book as a prop for laughs.
Janet Mock spoke out about Lil’ Duval’s transphobia, being used as a prop and Lil’ Duval’s fragile masculinity:
“The hosts laugh after using my image as a literal prop — just days after I was a guest on the same show — for laughs, vitriol, and a deeper call and justification for violence. Just so we are all clear: On a black program that often advocates for the safety and lives of black people, its hosts laughed as their guest advocated for the murder of black trans women who are black people, too!”
Yesterday, Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne Tha God released a statement condemning Lil’ Duval’s transphobia. Charlamagne Tha God writes:
We don’t condone those kind of hate crimes at all. Not even a little bit. And one thing…another think I learned this week is that fifteen transgender women have been murdered in 2017 and thirteen of them have been women of color, that that number could be higher, but I do know the majority of them have been women of color. Like I think one, a transgender woman got killed this week in. Atlanta, if I’m not mistaken, so, you know, her name was TeeTee Dangerfield actually, so rest in peace to her, so, the Breakfast Club will continue to do what it always does and that provides a platform for the voiceless.
But there’s one person involved who doesn’t seem to see the problem. And that’s Lil’ Duval himself. The Monday after the news picked up his comments, he posted this to his Twitter:
"Lil duval they waiting on you to apologize"
— lil duval (@lilduval) July 31, 2017
He also spoke to TMZ, where he doubled down on his comments:
Lil’ Duval claims that sleeping with a trans person would cause “emotional and psychological damage,” and thus, he was justified.
‘I said that because the hosts were saying, taking away somebody’s power of choice, it should be criminal; you don’t know what it could do to someone psychologically.
When the TMZ hosts tried to explain the situation, “I’m trying to help you see that no one in this society is going to tolerate you saying you would retaliate with murder.”
“That’s psychological damage. I went crazy right there, because that’s what they made me do. That’s what they made me say.’
He also attempted to clarify:
“I don’t got no problem with transgender, I ain’t got no problem with gay people. I got a problem with somebody trying to take something from me. In my own mind, I say what I feel. This is only about one situation, and the situation was ‘what would you do if you found out somebody was a man that I thought was a woman, and didn’t tell me she was a man.”
In an unrelated tweet from two days ago, Lil’ Duval said:
Just cuz you loud it don't mean you right 🤷♂️
— lil duval (@lilduval) August 2, 2017
Perhaps Lil’ Duval should take some of his own advice, because he’s sure not right on this one.