Kevin Hart is receiving criticism on social media after posting support for Jussie Smollett. The Empire star was attacked by two men who allegedly threw bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck before he was able to escape. Smollett publicly came out as gay in 2015 and received some hate mail on the set of the hit TV series earlier this week. Police are investigating to see whether or not the note and the attack are related.
Comedian Kevin Hart was originally announced as the host of this year's Academy Awards, only to step down after some of his old anti-gay tweets were unearthed. The comedian had joked that his biggest fear was that his son would end up gay. Hart originally refused to apologize for his past comments, noting that he had already done so, which created an even bigger backlash since the apology could not be found. Hart ended up apologizing, but he is now facing criticism after posting support for Jussie Smollett on social media due to the comedian's past comments on the LGBTQ community. Hart had this to say.
"Sending prayers your way Jussie Smollett... 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..."
Seconds after posting the support tweet, Kevin Hart had people questioning his motives for doing so. Most people have pointed out that Hart's previous comments about the LGBTQ community are a part of the larger problem in our society. One person asked, "so are we now admitting that it's never ever okay to joke about being gay?" Others are telling Hart to forget about his thoughts and prayers and think about his own actions and words.
Another person said, "You should have just sat there and ate your food, Kevin. Ain't nobody trying to watch you use this for an op." While there are plenty of people piling on Kevin Hart right now, he has plenty of supporters and he even responded to the hate. It seems that the comedian has turned over a new leaf after going through the Academy Awards debacle. He explains.
"Operation spread love is in full effect damn it. I don't condone or believe in hate, in fact I despise it. Hate makes me sick to my stomach... It's pointless. Cowards & weak individuals embrace it. I choose love... I love all of you. I challenge the rest of the world 2 do the same."
Even as Kevin Hart doubles down on his anti-hate comments, many people are still calling his Jussie Smollett condolences hypocritical. Whatever the case may be, Hart was expressing his feelings about a scary potential hate crime. Trying to throw bleach on someone while applying a noose and allegedly stating that Smollett is in "MAGA country," is horrific. Hart is attempting to right his wrongs, but it appears that some people are not ready for him to redeem himself at this time. You can see the original tweets below, thanks to Kevin Hart's Twitter account.
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… https://t.co/G6vCnKPEhf— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 30, 2019
Operation spread love is in full effect damn it. I don't condone or believe in hate, infact I despise it. Hate makes me sick to my stomach...Its pointless. Cowards & weak individuals embrace it. I choose love...I love all of you. I challenge the rest of the world 2 do the same.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 30, 2019
Do you see why the “jokes” weren’t funny now??— Bethany West (@niale_west) January 30, 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
I’m not piling on, I just want to say, dream big. Be an ally. We need all the allies we can get in the fights against racism and homophobia. None of us in good conscience can sit on the sidelines. This is why.— Katherine Copeland Anderson (@katcopeanderson) January 30, 2019
Well this is rich— valerie complex (@ValerieComplex) January 30, 2019
Keep yo tears n prayers...This is why yo joke was important and such an issue— Jerry Ford, Jr., MPP♦️ (@JerryFordJr) January 30, 2019
But keep joking about beating up your kid for being gay, Kevin Hart!— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) January 29, 2019
Kevin Hart pretending to be upset that someone followed his advice and beat up a gay guy pic.twitter.com/391siwtkb2— 🌹team valentina 🌹 (@biillyjean) January 30, 2019
Wait...you think Kevin Hart's jokes sparked this attack...fool please that's like saying sponge Bob square pants causes autism...😂😂😂😂— Pensacola Pete (@grey_ford) 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
Kevin Hart: “ Yooooo what happened to Jussie is disgusting.. it makes me sad.... we need to do better”— Prince Nabsico (@MatchmyfreeQ) January 30, 2019
Black Lbgtqia: pic.twitter.com/pGa0aUzr9l
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