Yesterday, Jussie Smollett was attacked by two white men wearing ski masks who shouted, “Aren’t you that f*ggot ‘Empire’ n*gger?” before pouncing on him, breaking his rib, sliding a noose around his neck, dousing him in bleach, and fleeing the scene.
Smollett was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The Chicago Police Department is now investigating the incident as a “possible hate crime.”
The response to the attack has been a mix of shock, sadness, heartbreak, and outrage, with a number of celebrities, activists, and other public figures speaking out in support of Smollett, who has since been released from this hospital.
Among the calls for love and tolerance was none other than… Kevin Hart?
In an Instagram post, Hart called the incident “unbelievably sad” and decried society going “backwards.”
“This is unbelievably sad,” he wrote. “Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world????”
He continued: “Why are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother”
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Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world???? Why are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother
The post was also shared on Hart’s Twitter page, where, let’s just say, it wasn’t received very warmly.
Here are just some of the responses…
This is why someone’s jokes about beating their gay son were never funny
— Ira (@ira) January 29, 2019
You should have just sat there and ate your food, Kevin. Ain’t nobody trying to watch you use this for an op.
— Dimitrius Jones (@iDimitriusJones) January 30, 2019
But keep joking about beating up your kid for being gay, Kevin Hart!
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) January 29, 2019
— Sait? Hajime (@AGirlTiana) January 30, 2019
Where’s Kevin Hart and DL Hughley with some more of their little homophobic jokes? Since it’s all just funny and accountability isn’t important.
— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) January 29, 2019
Do you see why the “jokes” weren’t funny now??
— Bethany West (@niale_west) January 30, 2019
But they don’t stop there…
— Maurice ?? (@aTattedGoodBoi) January 30, 2019
Given what we’ve seen so far, I fully expect the men who attacked Jussie Smollett to score a sit-down interview with Ellen at some point in the next few weeks. Maybe it will be a roundtable discussion with Kevin Hart.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 29, 2019
— Sade-Mayne Magod $tyff1004 (@tyff1004) January 30, 2019
No, ‘We’ don’t have to do better. You do, Kevin.
— Yagate Seibaa Ni Naru | VOTE HANAMARU FOR CENTER (@SeibaaHomu) January 30, 2019
— Oftrevante. (@D0wJ0nEs) January 30, 2019
Reading all these comments are giving me LIIIIFFFFEEEEE
— Sarah E Gonzales (@MaestraGonzales) January 30, 2019
At least D.L. Hughley, who was one of Kevin Hart’s loudest supporters during his whole homophobic joke scandal, had the good sense not to comment on the Smollett story.
Absolutely terrible… ???? Sadly #thisisamerica . IT NEEDS TO CHANGE!! #TeamDL #hatecrime #maga #trumpsamerica #FUCKTRUMP #Repost @TheRoot with get_repost
???#MAGA supporters in Chicago… https://t.co/dzm0e9rwF2
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) January 29, 2019
And the response…
I’m surprised you don’t think he’s too strong to get assaulted… pic.twitter.com/OyqDezTJrt
— Tina (@buttsnrainbows) January 29, 2019
— Moni Baby (@Plum_Velvet) January 29, 2019
This is why it’s never funny to joke 5 or 10 years ago or day ago about beating your son if you find out he’s gay!
— IULIIl (@Diversityis_Key) January 29, 2019
are you going to discuss the homophobia involved and how you have “jokingly” used homophobic rhetoric unapologetically
— Gunner Doyle (@GunnerDoyle) January 29, 2019
Love you DL, but please tell me the gay jokes are a thing of the past. We all have to do better.
— TerryHasAnOpinon (@Terrysagirl) January 30, 2019