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That Charlemagne Tha God, Whew!
In a recent episode of his radio show, The Breakfast Club, he stated that actors Judy Garland and Bert Lahr who portrayed Dorothy and The”Cowardly” Lion, were lesbian and gay, respectively.
The comment came when black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, revealed his plan to recreate the classic film in an interview.
The LGBT Community And Charlamagne’s Commentary
Charlamagne’s claims about The Wizard of Oz actors are largely unfounded and based largely on his opinion.
However, a few have argued that there may be some truth to the claims due to Garland’s drug abuse and tumultuous personal life and the fact The Cowardly Lion “acts” stereotypically queer.
Also, Oz itself, was in color, bright, and almost rainbow-like in a way.
Moreover, the host may want to be careful with his statements. His track record with the LGBT community at large has been a tenuous one.
As you may already know, he and his co-host, DJ Envy, found themselves in hot water with their statements concerning the transgender community after a conversation with comedian, Lil Duval many found to be transphobic.
Duval made an appearance on The Breakfast Club where Envy inquired about how Duval would react if a woman told him months into a relationship that she was actually trans,
“This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that,” per the Vulture.
The comedian continued,
“You manipulated me to believe in this thing,” he said, adding that if someone did that to him, he’d be so mad, he’d probably “want to kill them.”
“That’s a hate crime. You can’t do that.”
Envy then followed up by pointing to a cover of Janet Mock’s book baiting the comedian to rate her looks and Duval said,
“Nope. That n—a doing his thing … ain’t finna get me.”
The two co-hosts later released a statement apologizing for their part in the interview. Nonetheless, Judy Garland and Bert Lahr were amazing actors and The Wizard of Oz is timeless.