Has Kevin Hart had a change of heart?
Last year, Kevin Hart was was in the hot seat. After being announced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards, old tweets from the comedian surfaced. In the tweets, Hart made homophobic jokes, used derogatory terms like “f*g,” and joked that he would break a dollhouse over his son’s head if the comedian ever caught the boy playing with it. After receiving pushback for the statement, Hart decided to step down from hosing the Oscars. Now, a full year after the controversy, Hart says he handled the situation badly.
Netflix has recently released a six-part Netflix documentary series following Hart and his career. The series, titled Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up, shows Hart having a candid conversation about the pushback after his old tweets were unearthed.
Hart’s publicist notes that the comedian was not used to being hated or being quiet during heated moments. Hart then admits that after several tv appearances like his Ellen DeGeneres Show appearance or his infamous “I’m over it” response on the Good Morning America show, he lost his confidence and control over the situation.
Talking about his perspective on the controversy, Hart said, “what I thought it was it wasn’t, and my approach to dealing with it because of the assumption that I had is just wrong.”
The comedian then said during the documentary recording that it was ultimately words from friends and close ones that helped him to pause and reflect.
“I missed an opportunity to say simply that I don’t condone any type of violence in any way, shape or form to anyone for being who they are. I f—ed up…. Instead I said, ‘I addressed it.’ I said, ‘I apologized.’ I said, ‘I talked about this already.’ I was just immature.”
Hart then confessed while talking to his wife, Eniko Parrish, that he has a problem with “saying I was wrong.”
“You’re not Superman. You’re not invincible,” said Hart. “You don’t know everything. Your way is not always the right way. Sometimes it’s very valuable to stop for a second and assess. I know the things that I could’ve done better. I have no problem in saying I was wrong.”
Hart then noted that he also feels bad for not listening to the advice of his management and PR teams.
“I got to see the bad in being defiant and not listening,” he shared. “You can’t do it by yourself. You don’t let them do their jobs by being the defiant. When you’re wrong it’s going to hurt because you’re going to look back and go, ‘fuck, I should’ve listened.'”
Ultimately, Kevin Hart admits to being defensive during the entire fiasco and not handling the situation well. And he does acknowledge that he doesn’t condone anti-gay violence. But are Kevin Hart’s words in this documentary enough? This article isn’t a hate piece on Kevin Hart, so it’s not for me or Instinct to decide. What do you readers think? Let us know down in the comments below.