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.
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.