Last month, Jamie Foxx came under fire from critics after he made what some considered to be a transphobic jokes toward Bruce Jenner, who is allegedly planning to come out as transgender later this week. Now, Foxx is speaking out and denying that he has any hate or ill will toward the transgender community.
Foxx made the controversial jokes while hosting the iHeart Festival Music Awards this year, saying, “We got some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”
Foxx added, “Look, I’m just busting your balls … while I still can.”
Foxx discussed the backlash from his jokes during a recent interview at New York’s Hot 97, where he explained that comedians shouldn’t be held to the same expectations as others, such as politicians.
“Here’s the thing. We live in a different time, so I know the mechanism of ‘Oh, my god! We have to march on everything!’ That’s part of what it is. People wanted a statement and I said I’m not going to release a statement because I’m a comedian and you can’t put comedians in the same bowl as CNN, FOX, that’s not what we do. We don’t do that. We make jokes.”
“Comedians are not gonna colonize you and keep you from being married. But we’re gonna be there to talk about the people and what they got on and what they were wearing,” Foxx added.
But that’s not all that Foxx had to say in defense of his comedy and his personal character. Read what else he had to say after the cut.