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Homophobe Kevin Hart’s Interruption Of Lil Nas X Explanation Of Why He Came Out Isn’t That Big Of A Surprise

Lil Nas X might be the most patient man in the world. While sitting across from comedian Kevin Hart and marketing executive Paul Rivera on HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” the “Old Town Road” rapper was able to keep his cool after being grilled about his decision to come out as gay. The clip has gone viral on Twitter and users aren’t so happy with how Hart interrupted Lil Nas X during his moment.

 The 20-year-old was able to say his peace, but the conversation wasn’t any less uncomfortable as the two much older men tried to diminish the very real homophobia that gay black men like him experience. 

The uncomfortable moment.

During a roundtable on “The Shop” things got tense when Hart implied no one should care that Lil Nas X is gay because homophobia isn’t real. 

“And with all that early success, you felt it was important to make an announcement recently?” Rivera asked. 

However, before Lil Nas X could tell his side of things, Hart rudely interrupted. “He said he was gay! So what? Who cares?” He shouted.  

Rivera, thankfully, seemed uninterested in Hart’s commentary. He asked Lil Nas X again why he thought his revelation is important. Lil Nas X said he was taught to hate his sexual orientation. Then Hart interrupted again. “Why are you growing up to hate it?” Hart said flippantly.

“If you really from the hood, you know. For me, the cool dude with the song on the top of everything to say this any other time, I’m doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you’re doing this when you’re at the top, you know it’s for real,” Lil Nas X said with exasperation.  

His impact.

Lil Nas X made a conscious decision to come out as gay during the peak of his success. While it is a common misconception that the black community is more homophobic than other communities, queer people often have a difficult time breaking into the hip hop industry nevertheless. 

Even in his coming out, the Atlanta native noted that it would alienate some from his music. 

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to ‘c7osure’” he tweeted.

Thus, Lil Nas X’s coming out is a very big deal. As were the revelations that Frank Ocean, and Tyler the Creator, who was previously accused of being a homophobe for his use of the F-word before he came out, are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Kevin Hart has a history of being homophobic. 

This year, Hart’s old anti-gay comments from 2009 – 2011 resurfaced on social media. Hart flat out refused to apologize, which raised eyebrows amongst the public. In the since-deleted tweets, Hart said he would beat his son if he found him playing with dolls, that his worst fear is if his son was gay, and referred to someone as a “gay billboard for AIDS.” 

Hart insisted that he had already apologized but no one could find any evidence of said apology. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded their invitation for him to host the Oscars when he refused to apologize. 

“I’m not going to do it, man,” he said. “I’m going to be me. I’m going to stand my ground. Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm no foul.”

The comedian dismissed critics of his anti-gay rhetoric as people who were “searching for reasons to be angry.” 

“If you don’t believe that people don’t change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you,” Hart said in a video addressing the comments. “If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you.”

I think we can all agree based on his interaction with Lil Nas X that he has not changed or grown since 2009. 

Save the children! Protect Gen Z at all cost!

As a childless millennial, I consider it my responsibility to protect Gen Z at all cost. These beautiful, innovative, openminded kids have been done dirty by Baby Boomers and Gen X who deregulated everything for short term personal gain. Us millennial burnouts haven’t been much help either. Our anxiety-induced political inaction following the 2008 recession hasn’t made the future look any less bleak for these children. 

Older people should not be gaslighting the young and marginalized about their own experiences. We should be hearing them out and trying to do better for them today than we did yesterday. 

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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In 2019, comedian and actor Kevin Hart received a torrential downpour of heat from fans after a series of homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made in the past had been recovered and publicized. As a result, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ousted him from his position as host of the Oscars that year and fans demanded that he issue a mea culpa. After a day, Hart tweeted an apology to the LGBTQ community but later announced that he was reconsidering stepping down as host after comedian Ellen DeGeneres expressed support for Hart to do so. At the time, DeGeneres defended Hart and called the Academy to rally for Hart to be able to host again.

Around that time, DeGeneres also hosted Hart on her show and urged him to ignore the backlash he’d received. At the time, DeGeneres dismissed his critics as “haters.”

Now it seems that Hart feels that it’s his turn to defend DeGeneres.

In the wake of allegations and criticism about the show’s toxic workplace culture as well as DeGeneres’s role in facilitating it, Hart took to Instagram on Tuesday to say that he will love the comedian “for life.”

“It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly,” the actor wrote in a post featuring the two stars smiling together on her show. “I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f—— planet. She has treated my family and team with love and respect from day 1.”

“The internet has become a crazy world of negativity… we are falling in love with people’s downfall. It’s honestly sad..” Hart continued. “When did we get here? I stand by the ones I know and that I love. Looking forward to future where we are back to loving one another… this hate s*** has to stop. Hopefully, it goes out of style soon…”

Hart finished his post writing that he does not mean “to disregard the feelings of others and their experiences.”

Hart continued writing that the point of his message is “simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life Ellen.”

Last week, DeGeneres addressed allegations about her show and apologized. “My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she explained. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

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