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Kevin Hart Still Doesn't Get Homophobia After Gaslighting Lil Nas X

Kevin Hart Still Doesn't Get Homophobia After Gaslighting Lil Nas X

Kevin Hart Still Doesn't Get Homophobia After Gaslighting Lil Nas X

Has Kevin Hart reckoned with his homophobic past?


Comedian Kevin Hart is in hot water again after he interrupted rapper Lil Nas X opening up about his recent coming out. 

A clip from an upcoming episode of HBO's barbershop-style talk show The Shop: Uninterrupted begins with the host asking Lil Nas X, "With all that early success [refering to his record-breaking hit song "Old Town Road"], you felt it was important to make an announcement recently?"

Kevin Hart, who quit his Oscar hosting gig earlier this year over the resurfacing of anti-gay tweets, picked that moment to jump in to say, "He said he was gay! So what?"

The host doubles down on his question, "Why did he feel it was necessary to come out and say that?"

Lil Nas speaks carefully about his decision to share his sexuality with his fans on the last day of Pride Month this past June. "It's not that it's being forced. It's just like knowing like, growing up...I'm growing up to hate that shit."

"Hate what?" Hart interrupted. "Hate what?"

"Homosexuality. Gay people," Lil Nas said plainly.

"Why?" asked Hart. "Why are you growing up to hate it?"

"Come on now," said Lil Nas. "If you're really from the hood, you know. For me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything, to say this any other time, I'm doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you're doing this while you're at the top, you know its for real and you're showing it doesn't really matter I guess."

The clip went viral on Twitter, and viewers are concerned with Hart's confusion over the casually homophobic culture that keeps people in the closet, especially since he contributed to it. "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,'" reads one of the then 31-year-old's tweets. "How many 'gay' men sweat when they wear dress shirts because real men don't lmao p.s fag," he wrote in another tweet from 2009. He also has a history of anti-gay jokes in his stand-up shows.

Hart has apologized for all of the comments over the years, but many are questioning if he ever actually reckoned with his past "jokes" and understands why they are so damaging—especially for young Black boys. 

According to BuzzFeed News, later in the episode "Hart told Lil Nas that 'in no way shape or form should' he have to 'defend' himself by coming out and saying, 'But guys, this is what I am.'"

Hart was in a car accident this past Labor Day weekend where he sustained "major back injuries" but he's reportedly going to be fine. 

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