Charlamagne Receives Apology From Outlet Over Trans Controversy
A media outlet has issued an apology and retracted a story published about Charlamange Tha God. According to a report, the popular radio and TV personality had threatened to sue Rolling Stone if it didn’t apologize for accusing him of making transphobic comments. Initially, the outlet’s headline read,
Janet Mock on Charlamagne tha God’s Transphobic Comments.
Rolling Stone has since changed its headline to “Janet Mock Speaks Out Following Charlamagne tha God’s Controversial Morning Show.” They also retracted the story and apologized, writing:
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.
Charlamagne said in a statement,
We don’t condone those kind of hate crimes at all. Not even a little bit. And one thing…another thing I learned this week is that fifteen transgender women have been murdered in 2017 and thirteen of them have been women of color, that that number could be higher, but I do know the majority of them have been women of color. Like I think one, a transgender woman got killed this week in. Atlanta, if I’m not mistaken, so, you know, her name was TeeTee Dangerfield actually, so rest in peace to her, so, the Breakfast Club will continue to do what it always does and that provides a platform for the voiceless.
As previously reported, The Breakfast Club made headlines after its guest, comedian Lil Duval, joked that if he ever discovered he’d unknowingly slept with a transgender woman, she would be “dying.”
The comment was made about Janet Mock. Click here for the backstory.