Lil Duval refuses to apologize after Breakfast Club comments about trans women

The comedian doubles down on statements that he would “kill” a transgender who hid her trans status.

  /  08.01.2017

Lil Duval is refusing to apologize after backlash from transphobic comments he made on The Breakfast Club.

During his latest visit to the show, the comedian answered a question from DJ Envy by saying he would “kill” a woman if she found out she was transgender after having sex with her. Duval has received backlash since the incident, and users have threatened to boycott The Breakfast Club, claiming that the show condoned his comments by laughing during the interview.

Duval used his Twitter account to respond, implying that he doesn’t plan to apologize for the comments.

“This may sound messed up, but I don’t care, she dying,”Duval said.

Charlamagne pushed back against Duval, saying that killing a trans woman would be a hate crime. He then said that he believes a transgender woman who didn’t tell her partner that she was trans “should go to jail” or “some charges should be pressed.”

“There should be some kind of repercussions for that if you do that to somebody,” Duval agreed. “Until then, I’m going to have my own repercussions.”

Writer, media figure and trans activist Janet Mock has written an essay about Duval’s interview. Mock was a guest on The Breakfast Club just a week earlier to discuss her memoir Surpassing Certainty, and the hosts showed her book to Duval during the controversial interview.

In the essay, Mock explained that she appeared on The Breakfast Club because co-host Angela Yee chose Surpassing Certainty for her book club, and said she was grateful to Yee for her “preparation and effort to steer the conversation away from the particulars of my body and instead toward my work.” But she wasn’t comfortable with the interview, and she chided The Breakfast Club for how they brought up her and her book during the interview with Duval.

“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,” Mock wrote. “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!

“…It’s this deplorable rhetoric that leads many cis men, desperately clutching their heterosexuality, to yell at, kick, spit on, shoot, burn, stone, and kill trans women of color.”

The Breakfast Club cohosts have defended themselves against the backlash. Charlamagne Tha God has maintained that he pushed back against Duval’s comments by calling it a hate crime, and that they shouldn’t be criticized for something that a guest said. Angela Yee said that she and the other hosts do their best to provide different perspectives on the show.

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