In response to cries of “transphobia,” event promoters Rockhouse Entertainment and Still Blessed Entertainment canceled an upcoming event at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO featuring comedian Lil Duval.
Duval appeared on “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated radio show and was asked “how he would react if a woman he was intimate with revealed herself to be transgender.” In reply he stated,
“This may sound messed up, and I don’t care, but she dying. … I can’t deal with that. I can’t do that. You manipulated me. … There should be some sort of repercussions if you do that to somebody. Until then I’m going to have my own repercussions.”
The campaign to “stop [Duval] from these performances” was launched by LadyAshley Gregory, “an ally to the transgender community and board member of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group,” who wrote an article claiming, “Lil Duval calls himself a comedian, but he recently said some things that weren’t funny. What was said was hateful, violent, and transphobic.”
Leon Braxton, a “female impersonator” who performs as Dieta Pepsi, also joined the campaign to stop Duval’s St. Louis performance claiming Duval “believes what he says” and “doesn’t believe anything is wrong with it.”
The two met with event organizers Orlando Watson and Pat Hagin in a meeting, threatening to “carry out plans to shut [the event] down with protests” if the organizers didn’t agree to cancel.
Watson and Hagin announced the show’s cancelation, noting that Duval will keep his performer fee. Watson, who had already spent at least $30,000 on the show, stated on Facebook,
“Understand, my business partner and I pulled the plug on this Duval show. We did what made the most sense. Could we have still had this show? Absolutely! Would it have been worth it once the dust settled? Probably not. On to the next thing!”