by Zahara Hill
New York’s Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” has been the birthplace of problematic commentary from celebs the likes of ASAP Rocky to Rick Ross. But Jacksonville born and bred comedian Lil Duval took the radio show’s reputation to an entirely different — and protest worthy — level last week when he joked that if he discovered a woman he’d been sexual with was transgender, she’d have to “die.”
But the trans community and their allies weren’t laughing, specifically trans activists Janet Mock and Laverne Cox. It was the reality of Duval’s hypothetical situation that made the remarks so triggering.
Just last week, the New York Post reported that a former Navy sailor was sentenced to prison for fatally stabbing a woman 19 times after discovering she was transgender.
Mock, whose status as a transgender woman was tastelessly placed at the center of the conversation, was personally impelled to read Duval and “Breakfast Club” male hosts Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy in an essay for Allure.
In one portion of the interview, Charlamagne engaged Duval in the ignorance-fueled and outdated inquiry that is asking a heterosexual identifying man how he’d react upon discovering a woman he slept with was transgender. After Duval said he’d “have to kill her,” DJ Envy propelled the conversation by holding up Mock’s autobiography “Surpassing Certainty,” in which the gawgeous author can be seen posing on the memoir’s cover.
“Tell me she ain’t pretty,” Charlamagne said of Mock after Duval asked Envy to put the book away per his clearly deeply rooted transphobic nature.
“That n**ga doin’ his thing,” Duval replied. “Ain’t finna [sic] get me.”
So on Sunday, Mock wanted to make it known that he need not worry that she’ll ever attempt to “get him.”
But that was only the first part of Mock’s clapback. The second came about on Monday in the form of a wonderfully titled essay, “Dear Men of “The Breakfast Club”: Trans Women Aren’t a Prop, Ploy, or Sexual Predators.”
In her essay, Mock doesn’t hold just Duval accountable for sitting comfortably in his ignorant existence and disregard for the trans community, she also points to the role the continually problematic Charlamagne and DJ Envy played in igniting and perpetuating the toxic rhetoric. The direction of their conversation was also exceptionally brazen considering Mock was just a guest on their show less than two weeks ago.
“The hosts laugh after using my image as a literal prop,” she wrote of the two male hosts. “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!”
“And just so we are clear: Just because you find me and my sisters attractive does not mean we desire you,” she continued. “You never could.”
“Duval purposefully misgendered me in an attempt to put me in my place and erase my womanhood,” Mock wrote. “Their fragile masculinity would not allow them to recognize a simple truth: I am an accomplished, beautiful black trans woman. Your willful ignorance will not stop me from being exactly who I am. My sisters and I are here and we exist, and you will not diminish our light and our brilliance.”
But Mock wasn’t the only trans activist to check Duval. On Sunday, Cox went on Twitter to express the danger posed by Duval’s statements.
Despite Cox and Mock’s attempts to school Duval and those who share his thinking patterns, per the self-righteous nature he expressed in the interview, Duval posted this response to the public backlash.
Sadly, Duval seems to believe he’s taking a stance by not accepting that his line of thinking is harmful. He refuses to regard the situation outside of a comedic context by making the above meme that only serves to reflect his hardheadedness and comfort with ignorance.
Although 40 years old, Duval conducted himself like a 12-year-old who will deride others for the sake of preserving his masculinity. Duval knows there are tons of like-minded fools who will back his provincial minded thinking and he continues to re-tweet them. As long as his performance of hyper-masculinity assures his friends — or in this case, audience — that he ain’t gay and would never bag a trans person, he’s good…grow up, boo.
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