Kevin Hart Addresses Those "Anti-Gay" Comments

Gotta be honest here, I was put off by Kevin Hart when I learned that he had said that he would not play a gay character if it was offered to him. As someone who loves the art of acting and respect the craft, I just thought he was a fluke. What real actor would put a limitation on his range like that, I thought. 

I couldn't care less whether the guy was homophobic or not but a lot of people did. Especially given the fact that the comedian once made a controversial joke about not wanting his son to be gay. 

He got a lot of flack for that, with people pointing out that should his son be gay he should be able to love him unconditionally and not fear anything. Others said that by insinuated that there would be something to fear in your child being gay amplifies the bigoted notion that people choose to be gay and there is something wrong with it. 

The joke was made during his 2010 Seriously Tour, he said;
"One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. Thats 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."
Now Hart is backtracking on that "joke". In an interview with Rolling Stone he spoke about the backlash to the joke and said; 
"It's about my fear. I am thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I'm not gonna love my son or think about him any differently.  
"The funny thing within that joke is it's me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities -- I panicked. It has nothing to do with him. It's about me.

"I wouldn't tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?"   
On that comment he made in January that he would refuse to play a gay character, and had turned down a role in the film, Tropic Thunder because it involved homosexuality, he is quoted;  
"I feel I can't {play a gay character} because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100%, because of the insecurities about myself to play that part. What I think people are going to think while I'm trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way I'm supposed to"
Oh well... my thought? Hart is getting into the big Hollywood leagues so he has to tow the line. You do not become an A-list hollywood movie star by being homophobic. Is he genuine that it was just a joke? Who knows, only he knows. 

I like the guy but obviously I would not spend my money on any of his movies because I do not think he is that funny. It is just not my kinda humor. However, he is doing tremendously well for himself and it is always inspiring and good to see a brotha prosper.   

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