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Kevin Hart On Why He No Longer Performs Gay Jokes

During a recent interview actor/comedian Kevin Hart told a reporter that he has placed a moratorium on gay jokes at his stand-up performances. But it wasn't until his Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) that we learned why. 

During the AMA, Kevin was asked by a fan, "You find a lot of comedy in male insecurities, including a famous bit where you express fear that your son will be gay. You praised Frank Ocean at the MTV VMAs in 2012 for having the courage to come out, and recently said in an interview that you don't do jokes any more about gays. What changed your mind on this subject of humor?"

"It's just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations," Kevin replied. "So, it's just best left alone."

Should more comedians follow Kevin's lead or should audiences check PC sensibilities at the door of Comedy Clubs?


Yes they should.  Not for me.  I don't care if someone makes an ignorant joke about me.  I am old enough & have been through enough to either find the humor as it was meant, or to ignore it, but for the sake of kids & teens that are growing up LGBT, I don't think gay jokes are so funny.

Gay jokes perpetuate the idea that it's ok to laugh at LGBT people for being who they are, which can lead to other forms of separation, inferring that LGBT people are less than others.  It might seem like a small thing, but it is a first step in the direction towards the kind of separation that is apparent in Russia, Uganda & Iran etc.

I do think there is a difference between gay jokes & jokes about people who happen to be gay.  Let's face it, some of us are pretty fricken funny & we are definitely comfortable laughing at ourselves, but I think we deserve & should expect respect.  Werd!

Love your comment, pretty much sums it up :)

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