Kevin Hart, who famously joked that he would break a dollhouse over his son’s head if he ever saw him playing with it, is not the first person you’d look to for words of comfort and bewilderment in the wake of Jussie Smollett’s attack. The comedian, who was ousted from hosting the Oscars over a series of old homophobic tweets, felt the need to weigh in on the hate crime against the Empire actor.
“Sending prayers your way,” Hart wrote on Instagram. “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 are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people....Choose love...I repeat...Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother.”
The irony of this post led the rest of us to make that Scooby-Doo “huh?” sound — the language that Hart was initially called out for helps breed a culture of violence that targets queer people, so his confusion over how Smollett came to be attacked is...confusing. The girls were understandably not having it. Keep It host and Out contributor Ira Madison III responded to Hart’s “thoughts and prayers” tweet, calling it the comedian’s “funniest joke.”
your funniest joke congrats https://t.co/N3JqxaSJMl
— Ira (@ira) January 30, 2019
Hart, refusing to take the extremely warranted criticism, replied to Madison, that he stands “with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support” and criticizing Madison for “harping” on his past “that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do...CHANGE!”
“I ‘harp’ because my community of black queer people face violence 365 in America,” Madison responded, “and when we tried to tell you that we weren’t trolling you but wanted to educate how your jokes lead to actions like what happened to Jussie, you went on Ellen to talk about your wheelchair movie.” Period.