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WATCH: Kevin Hart doesn’t understand the homophobia Lil Nas X faced growing up

Kevin Hart, The Shop, Lil Nas X, HBO
Kevin Hart speaking with Lil Nas X in HBO’s “The Shop” (image screenshot)

On a recently released clip from HBO’s The Shop, a celebrity talk show that’s kinda like The View except with booze and guys talking in a barber shop, Kevin Hart asks Lil Nas X about the hate he felt growing up as a gay kid in the projects.

In the clip, Lil Nas X watches on as the show’s co-creator Paul Rivera asks him, “And with all that early success, you felt it was important to make an announcement recently;” a reference to Lil Nas X’s coming out at the end of June 2019.

Kevin Hart pipes up, “He said he was gay. So what?”

“But why did he feel that was necessary?” Rivera asks. “It’s not about who cares — that’s actually my question. Why did he feel it was necessary to come out and say that?”

Kevin Hart, The Shop, Lil Nas X, HBO
Lil Nas X in HBO’s “The Shop” (image screenshot)

“It’s not like it was being forced,” Lil Nas X replies. “It’s just like knowing growing up, like, I’m growing up to hate this shit. I’m not supposed to ever like this—”

Hart cuts Lil Nas X off, asking, “Hate what? Hate what?”

“Homosexuality,” Lil Nas X answers. “Gay people.”

“Why?” Hart asks.

“C’mon now,” Lil Nas X replies. “If you’re really from the hood then you know it’s not something — so, it’s like for me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything to say this… Any other time, like, I’m doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you’re doing this when you’re at the top, then you know it’s for real, and it’s like, showing it doesn’t really matter, I guess.”

Basically, Lil Nas X is saying it was important to come out to counteract the homophobia he experienced growing up, and that coming out after achieving major success with his song “Old Town Road” showed that he didn’t just come out for attention.

Here is the clip of their conversation:

Lil Nas X grew up in the high-crime Georgia projects and dropped out of college before writing “Old Town Road,” his 2019 track which became Billboard’s longest running Number One track of all time.

Hart, of course, gained infamy after he was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars. After this announcement, people pointed out that in a 2014 standup routine, Hart said he didn’t want a gay son. Hart then began deleting unearthed tweets in which he used anti-gay slurs.

After initially refusing twice-over to apologize for his past tweets, Hart later apologized and stepped down as the Oscars host only to turn around and complain to Ellen DeGeneres and Terri Gross about the easily-offended gays trying to destroy his career. Later on, he lectured the gay community about needing to let people change.

As such, some Twitter users are criticizing Hart’s role in The Shop‘s conversation:

Hart recently suffered “major back injuries” after a car crash in California.