The popular radio show “The Breakfast Club” with hosts Charlemagne, DJ Envy and Angie Martinez is facing scrutiny after an interview with transgender activist Janet Mock.
Janet Mock appeared on the show and was asked insulting questions about her anatomy by the hosts, and a few days later, when comedian Lil Duval stopped by and made “jokes” about murdering trans women.
Peep the interview.
A few days later, the subject of being transgender came up again during the group’s interview with Lil Duval.
The comedian was asked for his reaction on Trump’s ban of transgender troops, to which Duval replied, “I’m just doing my thing. Shout out to all the trannies out there,” using what is often considered a slur for transgender people.
Duval was then asked how he would react if he discovered a woman he had slept with was transgender. “This might sound messed up, but I don’t care, she dying,” he said.
“That’s a hate crime, you can’t do that,” Charlamagne told him.
“I can’t deal with that,” Lil Duval responded. “No, you manipulated me to believe in this thing. 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 comments and the hosts reactions lead to protests and the Twitter hashtag #boycottbreakfastclub.
And here’s the interview with Lil Duval a few days later, where things get uncomfortable pretty much right away:
You have to be mindful of people’s feelings. Everybody has the right to live their life the way the see fit without repercussions and being in the public eye and on radio everyday, these hosts should have known better!
An on-air apology is no longer needed, it is required.