Just when you thought the Kevin Hart homophobic tweets drama has come to an abrupt end, the actor/comedian has decided to give an apology on his SiriusXM show “Straight from the Hart” Monday and unpack the joke that got him into hot water.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” he said on the show.
During the show, Hart, whose recent appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s show stoked the fire more, repeated the joke which was set up by him saying that he “has no problem with gay people” and that he doesn’t “have a homophobic bone in his body.” It’s when he starts talking about his son where things become problematic. In addition to his homophobic tweets, his past stand up routines had jokes is laced with anti-gay remarks. In his stand-up feature Seriously Funny from 2010 he blatantly says “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay” in a bit where he basically insults the LGBTQ community.
Hart said that he thought it was okay to talk like that because that’s the way he and his friends talk to each other. He realizes it’s wrong now “because now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say ‘That sh*t hurt because of what I’ve been through.'”
“I really had to dive into the whole thing — even the tweets,” Hart said of his past remarks. “These weren’t words that I said to gay individuals.” He adds that when the words were said, they weren’t said to people rather than a form of Twitter when Twitter didn’t exist.
With this, Hart has become an ally for the LGBTQ in their fight for equality. He said that “acceptance for change” is necessary. “If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that’s the fight.” He adds: “I’m riding with you guys. I understand you.”