Grand Opening, Grand Closing. Kevin Hart is in, then out.
Last week news broke that Kevin Hart would be hosting the Oscars, and within 24 hours the superstar actor/comedian/entrepreneur/father/husband (Yeah, we’re #TeamKevin) found himself under fire for nearly decades-old tweets that contained homophobic language. One tweet noted was this 2011 post; ‘”Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice’stop that’s gay.’ And as we think about it, isn’t that something a gay kid would do? What-if he said, ‘don’t sag your pants, that’s ghetto.’ Would people from the ghetto be offended? #AskingForAFriend. Hold your horses LBGT community, we aren’t trying to diss, just saying lighten up a bit. Not only was the tweet nearly 8 years old, it was light-hearted and funny, at the time.
After receiving backlash for the tweets and for initially refusing to apologize, Hart announced via Twitter that he was stepping down as host.
Old tweets hinder Kevin Hart
Wait, what? Yes, crazy right? Despite starring in nearly 30 feature films and television shows since the tweets were tweeted, and making an ungodly sum of money in the process, someone decided tweets from 2011 mattered now. What’s even crazier, Kevin Hart was selected to “smooth” the Oscars diversity issue in 2016. He appeared on-stage during the Oscars, and did a good job to ease tension built by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign by doing what he does best, making people laugh.
Hypocritical and unfair to Black Comics
Speaking of hypocrites, we must give mad love to Michael Che and Nick Cannon for exposing the hypocrisy of the situation. “Didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?” Che asked on SNL, noting Gibson’s use of anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynistic language. Che continued to say, “If Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars, then no Black comic is. The only Black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next three to 10 years.” A picture of Bill Cosby flashed on the screen.
Nick Cannon and others Defend Kevin Hart
Others came to Hart’s defense. On Friday, Nick Cannon resurfaced old tweets posted by comedians Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer that also used the words ‘fag’ and ‘faggot.’ Wondering if they deserved persecution as well. DL Hughley posted a video to Twitter praising Hart and slamming critics for their inability to “take a joke.” In the short clip he congratulates Kevin for doing what comics are supposed to do, tell jokes.
But what about comics saying the N-word?
And as always, people will compare the terms Kevin Hart used to slurs against Black people, to which we present an encouraging word from the the Katt Williams book of “Afterlife,” chapter 18, verse 63: Context matters.
Laugh at comics
See that, Katt made a joke and it was funny. That’s what good comedy does, it eases tension and makes people laugh. Like that thing Kevin Hart did for the Oscars in 2016. Not to say comics should be willy-nilly disrespectful of any and everything, just to say, let’s laugh. Speaking of which, “Making the world laugh forever is a priority,” was Kevin Hart’s first Instagram after the debacle. Let’s just do that, laugh at light-Harted jokes.
Oh yea, Fuck the Oscars and the industry for its double standards.