Comedian Lil Duval Trashed On Twitter for Transphobic Comments

“It hurts my spirit cause this isn’t funny. Our lives matter. Trans murder isn’t a joke,” Laverne Cox tweeted in response

Comedian Lil Duval (born name Roland Powell) is receiving backlash after making transphobic comments on talk show “The Breakfast Club.” Duval said that if he found out a partner was transgender, he’d kill her. “This might sound messed up, but I don’t care, she dying,” he said during his Friday appearance on the show.

The conversation started when host Angela Yee brought up the ban on transgender people serving in the military announced by President Donald Trump last week. “I’m just doing my thing. Shout out to all the trannies out there,” started Duval using an offensive slur and continuing to say he’d kill a transgender partner.

Host Charlamagne Tha God (aka Leonard Lenard McKelvey) pointed out the absurdity of Duval’s statement. “That’s a hate crime, you can’t do that,” he said.

“You manipulated me to believe this thing. My mind, I’m gay now,” Duval said. “There should be some kind of repercussions for that if you do that to somebody. Until then, I’m going to have my own repercussions.”

The stand-up comedian’s comments are having their own repercussions, with Twitter  in an uproar over Duval’s transphobia. Actress Laverne Cox joined in on the conversation, tweeting “After taking several deep breaths I just got teary thinking about all my sisters experiencing violence, beaten, raped, murdered and some.” According to Human Rights Campaign, there have been at least 15 reported deaths of transgender people from hate crimes this year.

Cox continued: “Some folks think it’s ok to joke about wanting to kill us. We have free speech but that speech has consequences and trans folks are experiencing the negative consequences with our lives. It hurts my spirit cause this isn’t funny. Our lives matter. Trans murder isn’t a joke.”

The hashtag #TransFolksAreNotJokes gained traction, and people are not happy with Duval’s ignorant comments.

Watch the conversation on “The Breakfast Club” above. It starts around the 6:20 minute mark.