‘Rolling Stone’ Apologizes to Charlamagne tha God Over Recent Trans Controversy (UPDATE)
UPDATE (08/08/17 at 1:03 p.m. ET)
While Charlamagne tha God is still under scrutiny for laughing at an offensive joke about the trans community, at least one organization is apologizing to the radio personality for falsely reporting he made those comments himself.
After being threatened with a lawsuit from the Black Privilege author, Rolling Stone retracted an article entitled, “Janet Mock on Charlamagne tha God’s Transphobic Comments.”
They first re-titled the piece, “Janet Mock Speaks Out Following Charlamagne tha God’s Controversial Morning Show,” only to retract the entire article soon after.
The iconic music publication also issued the TV host an official apology.
“On July 31, 2017, RollingStone.com published a story titled “Janet Mock Speaks Out Following Charlamagne tha God’s Controversial Morning Show” after Mock published a first-person piece on Allure.com that denounced remarks made on the Breakfast Club radio show by guest comedian Lil Duval about trans women as “deplorable rhetoric.
“Rolling Stone mischaracterized Charlemagne’s position in its original search headline, conflating comments by Lil Duval, a guest on his show, with his own. We sincerely apologize to Charlamagne the God for the error. Charlamagne has since clarified that he believes violence against transgender people is wrong and has declared himself an ally of trans people.”
Learn more about Lil Duval's comments and Charlamagne being protested because of them next.
Original Story (07/31/17 at 10:09 a.m. ET)
Charlamagne tha God is being called out by the transgender community after laughing at a radio show guest who joked about killing transgendered women.
The backlash caught up with the radio personality during his appearance at Sunday’s Politicon.
The controversial interview in question took place last week on The Breakfast Club, as
Charlamagne asked guest, comedian Lil Duval, his thoughts on transgender people not being allowed to serve in the military.
While Duval managed to dodge answering the question, he was corrected by co-host Angela Yee for using the offensive term, “tranny.”
DJ Envy then asked Duval what he’d do if he discovered a woman he’d been dating for four months turned out to be transgender.
“This might sound messed up and I don’t care,” Duval responded. “She dying. I can’t deal with that.”
“That’s a hate crime,” Charlamagne said. “You can’t do that.”
“You manipulated me to believe in this thing,” Duval shot back, before continuing, “If one did that to me, and they didn’t tell me, I’mma be so mad I’d probably going to want to kill them.”
Charlamagne and DJ Envy’s choice to laugh throughout the offensive rant has resulted in the popular morning show being boycotted, including by trans actress Laverne Cox.
Trans protesters also pressed the radio host this weekend at Politicon, interrupting his discussion with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to call out Wendy Williams’s former sidekick.
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“Trans people are not a joke! Trans people are not a joke,” yelled one protester.
“Charlamagne tha God let Lil Duval talk about killing black trans women!”
Janet Mock, who is transgender, appeared on The Breakfast Club just one week prior to Duval.
She has since expressed her disappointment in the morning show as well, saying Angela Yee was the only one who spoke to her like a real person during their sit-down.
“I’m grateful to Yee for her preparation and effort to steer the conversation away from the particulars of my body and instead toward my work.”
When it comes to Charlamagne & Envy, the best-selling author had this to say.
“Until cis people — especially heteronormative men — are able to interrogate their own toxic masculinity and realize their own gender performance is literally killing trans women, cis men will continue to persecute trans women and blame them for their own deaths.
“If you think trans women should disclose and ‘be honest,’ then why don’t you work on making the damn world safe for us to exist in the first place?”
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