Even though the hosts laughed and cavorted with the comic, they say they have nothing to apologize for.
The hosts of morning radio show “The Breakfast Club” are currently immersed in a controversy over one of their guests saying he would kill a woman if he found out later she was trans after sleeping with her and they aren’t apologizing for it.
Last Friday the popular radio program had comedian Lil Duval on the mic and hosts Angela Yee, Charlamagne tha God, and DJ Envy began to incite the performer by barraging him with questions about sleeping with a transgender woman.
"This might sound messed up, and I don't care...She dying,” Duval said, "I can't deal with that.”
In the hosts defense, they did try to correct comedian several times through his remarks, but these intervenings came with laughter followed by DJ Envy provoking the guest even more by using trans activist Janet Mock’s book jacket as a prop which caused Duval to further react to the “bit.”
“No, that (n-word) is doing his thing…he not fittin’ to get me,” he said.
Not only was the whole interchange spoiled with transphobia and mis-gendering, the hosts seemed to endorse Duval’s reactions with laughter and disrespect so people wondered what they would say come Monday in response to the controversy.
But no apology was made, in fact, Charlamagne tha God said on the show,
“You specifically heard us say, you can’t do that. It’s a hate crime! You can’t do that. I specifically said you can’t go around killing transgenders!”
Further, he says he refuses to apologize for something someone else said.
Janet Mock was not pleased to be a part of the whole thing and responded in an Op-Ed in Allure Magazine on Monday.
“Duval purposefully misgendered me (as the hosts laugh, thereby cosigning) in an attempt to put me in my place and erase my womanhood. 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.”
Lil Duval doesn’t seem to be planning an apology anytime soon. On Twitter he wrote:
"Lil duval they waiting on you to apologize
Co-host to "The Breakfast Club" Angela Yee seemed to be the voice of reason through it all saying on Monday that if anything the controversy opens up dialogue and a learning opportunity.
"But for everybody in general, at least get something out of this which is educate yourself. Pick up Janet Mock's book 'Surpassing Certainty," she said.