Sometimes people can’t control what are they telling or doing. The same thing happened with Lil Duval, who said a joke, but didn’t think what he said. A comedian in the US has joked about murdering transgender people on the radio. Lil’ Duval was a guest on the channel, The Breakfast Club, and was talking about trans activist Janet Mock and her book, Surpassing Certainty. Duval, whose real name is Roland Powell, talks with others on the show about trans people and someone asks what Lil’ Duval would do if he were to sleep with a trans person without knowing their gender identity first.
“If you’re transgendered, if one did that to me,” he starts. A separate person clarified: “If you had sex with one and you didn’t know?” Lil’ Duval, who is also a “comedian”, continues: “and they didn’t tell me, I’d be so mad I’m probably gonna kill them.” A female who is off camera but in the studio tries to change the direction of the conversation.
“Well lets not even ask that because until it happens to him he doesn’t know what he’s going to do,” she says. The man who interjected before then asks Powell what he would have sex with Janet Mock. Powell said: “That n**** doing its thing, you not gonna get me.” “She’s beautiful!” the women protests.
The short segment showing Lil’ Duval’s transphobia has caused outrage on Twitter. One person wrote: “Maybe not joke about murdering trans women or laugh at such jokes especially if a trans woman was just on the show.” Another added: “The show has long been a homophobic, misogynistic cesspool and folks still made excuses.