A petition is asking that iHeartRadio drop its show The Breakfast Club after a guest and the show’s hosts laughed about killing transwomen—garnering 9,000 signatures in a few short days.
Comedian Lil’ Duval first called transwomen “boys” and was met with much laughter from Charlamagne Tha God and his co-hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy. Then Lil’ Duval was asked what would he would do if, after four months of dating a woman, he learned she was trans.
“I don’t care. She dying. You manipulated me…In my mind I’m gay now,” he said.
The comment prompted swift outrage—and trending on Twitter.
The hate-filled comments started a week after Janet Mock, a transgender writer, editor, and advocate, appeared on the program. Read Mock’s powerful open letter she wrote to Allure about the entire incident.
“Transwomen like myself face the threat of violence every single day we step out into the public, just as a consequence for living our truth,” said Care2 petition author Sarah Rose, who is also Care2’s LGBTQ Issues Advocate. “The Breakfast Club’s dialogue is another unfortunate and sick example of humor made at the expense of a subjugated, derided minority that our media is all too happy to applaud. My hope is that this Care2 petition sends a clear message: advertisers and businesses should not stand for advocating violence and hate crimes.”
Duval’s comments came the same week Dwanya Hickerson pled guilty to stabbing and killing Dee Whigham last summer. Whigham, a 25-year-old trans woman, was found in a hotel with 115 stab wounds, the majority of which covered her face. Her throat was also slashed three times.