Charlamagne tha God, aka Lenard McKelvey, hosts one of the most popular radio talk shows around. The Breakfast Club, with millions of YouTube subscribers, has hosted everyone from Tekashi 6ix9ine to Iyanla Vanzant, covering the mundane and the deeply controversial.
…But perhaps too controversial for many.
Flashback Friday to this legendary Birdman moment on The Breakfast Club 💀 pic.twitter.com/JHUakKOTuO— XXL Magazine (@XXL) October 2, 2020
Twitter has been dragging Charlamagne for his abrasive style and commentary with a string of posts and quotes featuring the radio personality that they believe, are emblematic of his toxicity.
Posters have cited the host flatly asking guest rapper, Logic, about his father being a “crackhead,” his remarks about Lil’ Mama’s appearance causing her to cry in 2011, badgering DJ Mister Cee to reveal his sexuality, sniffing J.Lo’s seat after she left and several other instances of inappropriate behavior. The self-described “Prince of Pissing People Off” once blatantly told Mariah Carey as she was standing from the chair next to him that, “I didn’t know you had *ss, tho’…”
While it remains unclear what set off this weekend’s round of #charlamagnemustbestopped tweets, but it is apparent that his aggressive brand has no small list of detractors.
Charlamagne must be stopped 😭— Nelson (@26cosas) October 3, 2020
Over the course of watching several recent episodes of New York’s Power 105.1FM’s The Breakfast Club, alongside co-hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy, it also isn’t clear of what exactly, if anything, that Charlamagne believes. He’s demonstrated respect and an ability to reason that comes off sincere with his guests and colleagues; in other times, he represents the typical banter of a shock jock– with a heavy dose of urban sensibilities no less. He’ll ascribe to liberal politics, and occasionally side with certain conservative ideals. He left nearly everyone baffled in reconciling his effusive praise of The Blaze media personality, Tomi Lahren.
The question, or perhaps questions, that remain: Is McKelvey a man, evolving, growing, and challenging himself in action and belief, or is it all entertainment, good, bad and ugly?
Charlamagne has at times attempted to articulate what constructs he holds fast to and distance himself from his checkered past.
Issues remain considering what that actual past is: he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2001; he claimed he added Spanish Fly to a woman’s drink whom he later had relations with while she was “wasted”, (although he affirmed that it was “consensual.”)
Perhaps one who’s had the experiences that McKelvey has should tread more circumspectly?
His brand is certainly successful, he along with Yee and Envy were nominated for an NAACP Image Award this summer. The radio program boasts 5 million weekly listeners and is a largely entertaining and thought-provoking. People will and should, continue to question where the proverbial line is and where it should be.