(EDGE) "Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox is taking aim at a comedian who said he'd kill his sex partner if he discovered she was a transgender woman.
Comedian Lil Duval was on the Friday episode of Power 105.1 show "The Breakfast Club," where he made his controversial statements.
Host Charlamagne Tha God asked Duval, 42, how he felt about President Donald Trump's recent announcement about banning trans people from the military.
"I'm just doing my thing. Shout out to all the trannies out there," Duval, who's real name is Roland Powell, said. He was then asked what he would do if he found out a woman he was dating was trans.
"This might sound messed up and I don't care -- she dying," he said.
"That's a hate crime, you can't do that," Charlamagne said.
"I can't deal with that," the comedian said. "No, you manipulated me to believe in this thing. In my mind, I'm gay now. I can't live with that, bro."
"This would never happen if this never happened. So you don't have to worry about me killing nobody," Duval added.
Charlamagne suggest trans people who don't reveal their identity to their partner should be prosecuted.
"Some charges should be pressed," he said.
"There should be some kind of repercussions for that if you do that to somebody," Duval said. "Until then, I'm going to have my own repercussions... If one did that to me and they didn't tell me, I'm going to be so mad I'm probably going to want to kill them."
Duval then said he wasn't "coming from a place of malice. They know I'm just speaking my mind."
It wasn't long before a backlash ensued on Twitter, with the hashtags #BoyCottBreakfastClub, #TransLivesMatter and #TransFolksAreNotJokes trended on Twitter, New Now Next points out. Among those vocally opposing the remarks was Cox.
After taking several deep breaths I just got teary thinking about all my sisters experiencing violence, beaten, raped, murdered and some https://t.co/QyNXp11ysL— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
I think what's also so upsetting for me is @janetmock was on that show last week with so much love brilliance and trans 101 education and— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
A week later this happens. #translivesmatter— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
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— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
Experiencing the negative consequences with our lives. It hurts my spirit cause this isn't funny. Our lives matter. Trans murder isn't a— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
Joke. #Translivesmatter— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
I think the issue is when this kind of violence is expressed publicly and goes unchallenged.This is why I am speaking up to challenge It, to https://t.co/YLNE6uUPsz— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 30, 2017
Transgender activist Janet Mock also weighed in, condemning the comedian's statement.
TMZ reports trans activists confronted Charlamagne when he spoke at Politicon convention Sunday.
We are not a joke! Trans people are not a joke!" the activists can be heard saying.
Both Duval and "The Breakfast Club" commented on the controversy, neither offering an apology.
"Lil duval they waiting on you to apologize"— lil duval (@lilduval) July 31, 2017
Watch Duval's "Breakfast Club" segment below.