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Kevin Hart Responds to Backlash Over His Jussie Smollett Message

Kevin Hart Responds to Backlash Over His Jussie Smollett Message

Kevin Hart sent a message of support to Jussie Smollett after he was the victim of a suspected hate crime earlier this week, and he caught some heat on Twitter for his message.

If you don’t know, Kevin was embroiled in controversy after old, anti-LGBTQ tweets resurfaced just a few weeks ago.

After news of the horrific hate crime, Kevin posted, “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.”

Amid the backlash to his message, Kevin responded directly to TV writer Ira Madison III who wrote, “your funniest joke congrats.”

“I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do…CHANGE!” Kevin responded.

Ira then responded back, writing, “I ‘harp’ because my community of black queer people face violence 365 in America and when we tried to tell you that we weren’t trolling you but wanted to educate how your jokes lead to actions like what happened to Jussie, you went on Ellen to talk about your wheelchair movie.”

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  • Sansa Squad

    No one would be clowning him if his apology (or Jussie tweet) included an acknowledgment that his “jokes” reinforce people’s violent homophobia and emboldens them to do things like this. Zero understanding that he was/is part of the problem, STILL – after all this. Good for him for working on himself and changing his attitude to be a better person now, but it means nothing when he hasn’t used his situation as a teachable moment to explain to others WHY his attitude was wrong and what he’s done to better himself, so he can follow suit.

  • atlqueen112

    Well, it sounds like Ira is just incapable of accepting an apology (he gave several times might I add) and moving on. He made an awful joke about the gay community 10years ago. Forgive and move on already. His fans and the rest of us have. By the way, his wheelchair movie did pretty well opening weekend. She/he has to let that bitterness go. The dude NOW stands for peace, love, and CHANGE! Good Lord…

  • wearing

    He didn’t just make one was constantly in his stand up, talking about how he’d kick his son out if he was gay. That crap lingers. He whined several times, but apologized like once, after everyone called him out. An apology is one where you take accountability, show remorse, and try to fix it. He complained, deflected, and yelled at others to be positive. NOW? The dude NOW stands for fucking women who aren’t his wife and changing subjects away from him. He aint no angel and he certainly isn’t standing for any sort of change, which includes *listening* and *learning* from your mistakes.