It’s been two and a half years since his homophobic Oscars fiasco, and Kevin Hart is still talking about it.
The comedian is currently promoting his upcoming Netflix film Fatherhood. In an interview with the Sunday Times, he once again talked about the backlash he received in 2019 over homophobic tweets he wrote years earlier, resulting in him stepping down from hosting the Oscars. And, despite saying he’s over the whole thing, it sure sounds like he still have some hard feelings.
“If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached,” Hart told the newspaper. “But when you just talk about… nonsense? When you’re talking, ‘Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!’ Shut the f*ck up! What are you talking about?”
The “nonsense” he is referring to is the backlash he received over tweets he wrote that included AIDS jokes and homophobic slurs like “f*g boy”, “gay face”, “fat faced f*g”, and “man bitch”, as well as repeated use of the phrases “no homo” and “no homo gay”.
“When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect?” Hart continued. “Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don’t understand.”
“Last I checked, the only way you grow up is from f*cking up. I don’t know a kid who hasn’t f*cked up or done some dumb sh*t.”
Now, that’s definitely true. People are allowed to make mistakes and should be allowed to learn from those mistakes. The problem is, Hart didn’t seem to learn from his, which is why so many people continue to be frustrated with him.
After his homophobic tweets resurfaced, he initially refused to apologize, claiming he’d already done so, even though he hadn’t. Then he went on Ellen’s show to accuse people of trying to sabotage his career simply because they were holding him accountable for his past bigotry. And then he attacked the LGBTQ community for being too “sensitive.”
After that, he disappeared for a while. But a few months later, he kicked the hornet’s nest when he got into a spat with Little Nas X, expressing confusion over why the singer felt a need to come out and saying he didn’t believe he ever experienced homophobia growing up gay in the projects.
.@lilnasx speaks the truth about his choice to come out while at the top. More of The Shop on @HBO now! pic.twitter.com/wETNaPUU5t
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 4, 2019
Asked by the Sunday Times whether he was upset about being “canceled”, Hart said no.
“I’ve been canceled, what, three or four times?” he said. “Never bothered. If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate.”
Then he compared him being canceled for making antigay remarks to a person being sent to prison.
“It’s like jail. People get locked up so they can be taught a lesson. When they get out, they are supposed to be better. But if they come out and people go, ‘I’m not giving you a job because you were in jail’ — then what the f*ck did I go to jail for? That was my punishment.”
He continued, “How do you not give those people a shot? They’re saying that all life should be over because of a mistake? Your life should end and there should be no opportunity to change? What are you talking about? And who are you to make that decision?”
Hart went on to say that people should be able to “disagree” without completely destroying one another.
“If there’s a message to take from anything I’ve said, it’s that in this world of opinion, it’s OK to just disagree,” he told the paper. “It’s OK to not like what someone did and to say that person wasn’t for me. We are so caught up in everybody feeling like they have to be right and their way is the only way.”
Another true statement. Except that homophobia, like racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and all other forms of bigotry, is merely a difference in opinion.
“If people want to pull up stuff, go back to the same tweets of old, go ahead,” he continued. “There is nothing I can do. You’re looking at a younger version of myself. A comedian trying to be funny and, at that attempt, failing. Apologies were made. I understand now how it comes off. I look back and cringe. So it’s growth. It’s about growth.”
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.
Such a Colorful personality!!!!
But not Har-larry-ous?
Hart who’s worth 200 million went on Ellen who’s worth 300 million to get her blessing as if she speaks for regular people. Yeah, shocking that neither sees it from their gated Mansions.
His/Netflix publicists have managed to get him all over the internet with this stuff. Still not gonna watch. For me, he is personally cancelled not only for his apparently unreformed homophobia, but because he just isn’t funny (at least to me). It’s beyond me how in God’s name this no-talent ever get offered the Oscar-hosting gig in the first place and now a Netflix movie.
I can’t stand him. The only time I found him funny was as the voice of the bunny in Pets. If his popularity depended on me, he’d be washing dishes somewhere.
How is he canceled? He’s still working
Can’t stand his screechy LOUD voice. He can go away if he is cancelled. He is cancelled in my life. I do not watch anything with him in it.
I’ve had that one Chase credit card for years and always liked it. Then Chase made Kevin Hart their spokesman for that card! “Hey buddy, why are you yelling?” “BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT AH DO!”
Hart is no ally of the community but a self-serving, loud-mouth, non-activist comic who needs to be professionally humbled.
OK, let me be clear. Kevin has been in a kind of sin bin. Did he become a non-homophobic person? I am afraid he has not changed. Just wait till the next “incident”.
he’s a pig.
His annoying shrill voice is the reason I turned off voice motivation messages in the Nike Run Club app.
“Cancel culture” can be toxic and lead to some unnecessary piling on or spreading of misinformation. But we also have a lot of people trying to use that toxicity to detach from any forms of responsibility or repercussions. While he clearly didn’t learn anything. Let’s not forget how he tried to play Lil Nas X, pretty much telling him that for the sake of his career he should have remained closeted. These “straight” guys stay covertly supporting DL culture and stay being uncomfortable with “straight passing” guys being unabashedly “out”. The dude is trash for a number of reasons, and he’s also not funny.
Exactly and well put! If he never got it the first time he’ll probably never get it!
This all makes me think he’s a big ol’ closet case! He’s taking the long dong on the DL for sure.
We don’t have to accuse every “problematic” and idiotic dude of being DL. Could he be? Of course. But things start to get cringe-y when we go there with everybody. Also, folks need to stop accusing every dude they think is into dudes of “taking dick”. It comes off like bottom shaming. While there’s many forms of “queerness” and many ways of being into your sex beyond simply “taking dick”. Those forms of shade is starting to come off lazy and dated and only adds to problems.
Previous comment is true. He’s just not funny. Or talented for that matter.
He’s like a walking emetic. In reality he has not been canceled or is still able to spew his garbage.
Like the one note characters he plays he’s the same whiney biatch in real life.
We need to STOP watching his shows anything he puts out.
Tiny whiny , loud obnoxious unfunny
” Comedian “. Never understood how or why they find his “,act” interesting..his voice alone is like nails on a chalkboard…he talks to high too fast jams his words together and had a tendicy to mumble. Carlin , Williams. We’re thoughtful AND funny…there aren’t many anymore…..Kevin wants to be a victim. Pick on the Little guy….best to shut up then flip flop and complain
Tiny and whiny and pick on the little guy? Was that meant to be sarcastic since he’s only 5’1. 😉
Ya think ?
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