Yet again, Kevin Hart is at the center of a homophobic controversy after his past tweets got dragged up again in a conversation with Lil Nas X.
Hart and Old Town Road singer Lil Nas X appeared together on the US show The Shop: Uninterrupted. Lil Nas recently came out as gay. On the show, he was asked by host Paul Rivera about being gay. Hart interjected, saying, “He said he was gay, so what?”
Hart might have been attempting to assert that being gay is not a big deal. However, Lil Nas replied saying it is not easy to come out even in today’s society. Host Rivera told Hart, “It’s not about who cares, that actually my question.”
One person wrote, “He said he was gay. So what!” Kevin Hart knows exactly what the “so what” is here and why a young black boy would closet his sexuality until he believed it was safe. Why not simply listen, give @LilNasX the space and deference to tell his own story…”
Another person wrote, “Kevin Hart’s rage and bitterness about anything to do with gay people is so jarring. Lil Nas X seems so stable and healthy and Kevin seems so … not okay.”
Lil Nas also said in the interview, “It’s not like being forced. I’ve grown up to hate that s***.” By “that s***,” he meant “homosexuality, gay people.” Hart asked him why, to which Lil Nas said, “If you’re really from the hood, you know.”
The musician went on to say that he made a conscious decision to come out when he did. He thought that if he did it while he was “at the top, it’s showing, like, it doesn’t really matter.”
Hart’s tweets from 2010 have previously gotten him under hot water. He also said in the show Seriously Funny, “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. . . . Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”
Hart apologized for his comments in 2015. However, they have stayed with him. Recently, Hart resigned from the position of Oscars host after controversy about his past tweets clouded the moment.
Currently, Hart is in the hospital recovering from “major back injuries” occurring from a car crash in Malibu. He was a passenger in a car which lost control at a bend. Hart and the driver were both rushed to the hospital where they underwent surgery to treat their injuries.
You can watch the interview with Kevin Hart and Lil Nas X right here.
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