OITNB Actress Laverne Cox Calls Out Comedian For Joke About Killing Trans Women (VIDEO)

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In a radio interview over the weekend that quickly went viral, comedian Lil Duval is asked what he would do if he found out he had slept with a transgender woman. Duval states,

This might sound messed up and I don’t care: she dying.

When one of the show’s hosts informs Duval that “that’s a hate crime” and tells him he can’t do that, Duval clarifies:

I didn’t say I was gonna kill transgenders..I said, if one did that to me, and they didn’t tell me, I’mma be so mad I’d probably kill them.

Read: I didn’t say I was going to kill them, just that I probably would. Awesome.

Trans actress Laverne Cox, a popular figure on the hit show Orange Is the New Black, heard about Duval’s ignorant statements and had a few choice words for the comedian. Said Cox,

Cox is referring to the fact that the Human Rights Campaign has recorded 15 violent deaths of transgender individuals so far this year, with the majority of those deaths being women of color.

Duval has refused to apologize for his statements.

According to him, people should not be offended, but understand that what he said does not come from a place of malice:

That’s the good thing I like about being me. I can say what I want and do what I want and people understand where I’m coming from. They understand I’m not coming from a place of malice. They know I’m just speaking my mind.

Is “I’m just speaking my mind but it doesn’t come from a bad place” the new excuse for hate speech? Would Mr. Duval feel the same if a white comedian said he would kill a black woman if he was not informed that she had African-American ancestry prior to sleeping with her?

Sounds like he would be fine with it as long as the comedian didn’t intend the statement maliciously.

WATCH: Lil Duval Jokes About Killing Transgender Women

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