Radio Show Host for 'Breakfast Club' Apologizes for Transphobic Jokes

Monday August 7, 2017

After a wave of backlash from Twitter and transgender activists like Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, a host of the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" is apologizing for transphobic comments he made last month.

On a recent episode of "The Breakfast Club" comedian Lil Duval joked about violence against trans women. Hosts Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy laughed along with the comments at the time.

"I'm just doing my thing. Shout out to all the trannies out there," Duval, who's real name is Roland Powell, said. He was then asked what he would do if he found out a woman he was dating was trans.

"This might sound messed up and I don't care -- she dying," he said.

"That's a hate crime, you can't do that," Charlamagne said.

"I can't deal with that," the comedian said. "No, you manipulated me to believe in this thing. In my mind, I'm gay now. I can't live with that, bro."

"This would never happen if this never happened. So you don't have to worry about me killing nobody," Duval added.

Charlamagne suggest trans people who don't reveal their identity to their partner should be prosecuted.

"Some charges should be pressed," he said.

"There should be some kind of repercussions for that if you do that to somebody," Duval said. "Until then, I'm going to have my own repercussions... If one did that to me and they didn't tell me, I'm going to be so mad I'm probably going to want to kill them."

After a petition called for "The Breakfast Club" to be canceled, and after a group of trans activists confronted him while he spoke at Politicon, Charlamagne released a statement to Paper magazine, apologizing for his comments.

We don't condone those kind of hate crimes at all. Not even a little bit. And one thing...another thing I learned this week is that fifteen transgender women have been murdered in 2017 and thirteen of them have been women of color, that number could be higher, but I do know the majority of them have been women of color...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..."The Breakfast Club" will continue to do what it always does and that is provide a platform for the voiceless.

His statement comes after Mock wrote a moving essay for Allure about the incident.