Ugh. When will this story just go away? I’m exhausted by the apologies, the non-apologies, the semi-apologies, the apologies with strings attached, the re-appologizing, the apologizing on his behalf by other people… Frankly, it’s all just spin to save his movie that premieres this month and I don’t believe any of it. But here we go. Let’s do this, baby, one more time.
Comedian-under-fire Kevin Hart was on Sirius XM yesterday morning, trying to explain the jokes and tweets that led him to step down from hosting the 2019 Oscars.
“I really had to dive into the whole thing, even the tweets,” said Hart. “If you notice, I never even explained the tweets. I just apologized. I understand why people were hurt, I understand what these words mean. I’m sorry.”
Hart said he wasn’t making those comments to members of the LGBTQ community, but to his friends as they went back and forth on Twitter.
“These weren’t words that I said to gay individuals,” said Hart. “We thought it was OK to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another.”
He then gave a full-throated apology LGBTQ community.
“I will say this, and I want to make this very clear,” said Hart in a soundbite he insisted he would use as a rebuttal if people “chop up” the audio from his show.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” he said.
Great. Thank you. Are we all done here?
He also rather vehemently claimed that it is not his “life dream” to become an ally of the LGBTQ community. He just wants his apology to be accepted.
I don’t like the forcing. I don’t like – like, like Don Lemon goes – Don Lemon goes on CNN and he’s like you can fix this. You can become an ally. That’s not my… that’s not my life’s dream.
He ended by saying:
I’m now moving on from this because I’m just hoping the apology is accepted. If it’s chosen not to be accepted, I can’t control that. If your fight is for equality, then you need to understand that change is what helps that. You can’t get what you want without understanding and accepting the change.
On the on hand, sure, it might not have been his life’s dream to be an LGBTQ ally. But life is funny that way and often we find ourselves thrust into roles that we never imagined… and that’s a good thing. Or it can be. If, as he says, he gets that the LGBTQ fight is for equality, then why would he NOT want to help people fight for equality? Just spitballing here, but being an ally just means you care about people, and you aren’t going out of your way to be a dick to them.
Trust me, Kevin, nobody’s going to ask you to be the grand marshal of the WeHo Pride parade any time soon. You don’t have to put any real effort into being an ally AT ALL. We don’t require blood oaths and mandatory attendance to the Gay Agenda meetings. Just pose for a picture with Chris Colfer or Colton Haynes once in a while and we’ll be over the moon. Trust me. Once we know you’e on our side, it doesn’t take a lot to make us happy. This is such an easy thing to fix and you’re just making it harder on yourself by digging in your your heels.
Watch Don Leon’s reaction, below.
(via LA Times; photo: CNN screen grab)