by TRN Staff Writers,
When you’re an up and coming comedian, it’s touchy business trying to be funny, relevant and not step on toes. Just ask Lil Duval. A recent radio interview and a joke about “killing” a trans if one tricked him is bringing on a lot of heat for Duval and the radio team that interviewed him.
Duval appeared on the “The Breakfast Club” recently” and while joking around with radio personalities Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee, the hot topics rolled around to the issue of transgenders. Envy threw out a hypothetical situation– “Say you met a girl and she didn’t tell you she was a transgender. (Duval) “That ain’t a girl, I met a boy—that means I met a boy“. Envy continues setting up the question by saying after dating “four months, you had sex and then she told you” Duval and Charlamagne were laughing and Duval finally answers saying “This may sound messed up and I don’t care. She’s dying. I can’t deal with that.”
That answer has left Duval dealing with a lot of push back from irate listeners after his interview went viral. On social media, Duval has been the subject of posts by transgenders and activists who say violence against transgender women is no joking matter.
Lil Duval isn’t the only one to walk away from that interview into the fury of the trans community. Charlmagne Tha God was speaking a couple of days later at Politicon event when he realized the on-air joking with Duval had followed him.
Two women interrupted his appearance screaming “We are not a joke. Trans people are not a joke. Just the other day, Charlamagne Tha God let Lil Duval joke about killing Black trans women” Then the two protesters started chanting “We are not a joke“.. One of the protesters appears on camera and says “Charlamagne Tha God, you messed with the wrong one.” You can see security trying to get the protesters to sit down. On stage, the event host sitting with Charlamagne was trying to shout about the noise and address the protesters. Meanwhile, every phone in the room seems to be up in the air and recording the whole mess. Eventually, enough calm was restored in the venue for Charlamagne to try and address the radio interview. He told the protesters and the crowded hall that when Duval made the joke, he immediately said, “You can’t do that, that’s a hate crime.”
Blossom C. Brown ,one of the protesters, posted the incident on twitter with the hashtag #blacktranslivesmatter.
— Blossom C. Brown (@MISSBLOSSOM9210) July 30, 2017
The Breakfast Club went back on the air Monday and admitted that the interview has outraged a lot of listeners. Many are now calling for a boycott of the Power 105.1 radio show. Charlemagne still defends the interview saying, “If you actually listen to the interview instead of listening to the manipulated clip that people have been circulating, you specifically heard us tell him that this is…you can’t do that It’s a hate crime.”
Angela Yee chimes in and says that the Black community does need to be more aware of the trans community and understand what it is and what issues they are facing.
As for the comedian’s whose joke started the entire avalanche of anger, Duval made it clear on Twitter that he has no regrets and no plans to back pedal or retract anything he said.
What do you think…are Blacks too insensitive to the plight of the gay and trans community? Is the fact that the radio show even discussed the topic a step in the right direction to putting information out there? Or are the protesters right that the radio show and comedian were only using the interview to make jokes about gays and trans people?