Kevin Hart on Jussie Smollett Controversy: I'm TRYING to Be a Good Person!

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This just in: Kevin Hart is the worst!

Just kidding! We've known that for a very long time!

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But still, even though we've known for a good long while now that Kevin is awful, he keeps on managing to find ways to get even more awful.

It's actually kind of impressive.

See, Kevin has, in the past, made many, many homophobic remarks.

In 2010, he said in one of his comedy specials that "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That's a fear."

"Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic," he insisted. "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."

Kevin Hart at a Premiere

We're pretty sure that "not homophobic" version of that would be something like "as a heterosexual male, I'll still love and accept my son no matter what his sexuality may be," but sure, Kevin, totally not homophobic.

In 2011, he tweeted "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay'."

We gather that these are supposed to be jokes.

Pretty wild, huh?

Around the same time, he made tons of questionable tweets, like the one where he told Damien Wayans that he looked "like a gay billboard for AIDS."

Kevin Hart on GMA

He used the word "gay" as an insult several times, he thought it was cute to use the phrase "no homo," and he wasn't afraid to call people f-gs.

Then, in 2015, he starred in the movie Get Hard, which was filled to the brim with gay jokes, many of which centered around prison rape.

When asked about it in an interview, he defended the distasteful jokes by simply saying that "funny is funny."

Lots of people have known about all of this for a long time, but it became a very big deal last month when it was announced that Kevin would be hosting the Oscars.

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People weren't happy with the news, and Kevin couldn't care less.

He said that he wouldn't apologize for what he said because he'd already apologized publicly, even though no one could find any such thing.

He said that his critics were just looking for reasons to be negative, and when the Academy called him up and asked him to just go ahead and make that apology, he refused.

He felt so strongly about not apologizing that he stepped down from the hosting job.

Ridiculous, right?

Kevin Hart is Thoughtful

It gets worse!

So earlier this week, Jussie Smollett, an actor best known for his role on Empire, was attacked in Chicago.

Two men beat him so hard that they fractured his ribs, and they put a rope around his neck and poured what's believed to be bleach on him.

They also called him "f----t," -"n----r," and told him "This is MAGA country."

So ... that's a hate crime.

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But what does this have to do with Kevin?

Like many celebrities, he tweeted about the attack, writing "Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett .... This is unbelievably sad."

"Why are we going backwards .... this is disgusting," he continued. "We as a people have to do better. WTF is going on in the world???? Why are we falling in love with hate????"

"God damn it people .... Choose love...I repeat...Choose love."

He finished his message with "I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother."

Jussie Smollett Selfie

You can probably see why that didn't get the best reaction.

As many people pointed out, Jussie was attacked because of the same kind of thinking that Kevin "joked" about -- like, Kevin joked about beating his own son if he told him he was gay.

TV writer Ira Madison said as much on Twitter, and when Kevin made his big statement on Jussie, he tweeted "your funniest joke congrats.

And Kevin had had it.

"I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person," he replied.

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"Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do...CHANGE."

The issues with this are the same issues we've been talking about -- it wasn't just ten years ago when he said these things, and  he's never made a really sincere public apology that anyone can find.

It's difficult to understand why, if he is truly sorry about the things he's said, he won't just make one great big apology along the lines of "Sorry I was horrible, I don't hold those same views anymore."

If some people still couldn't get past his offensive comments, that would be their choice, but at least then he could stop all of this "IT WAS TEN YEARS AGO LEAVE ME ALONE" nonsense.

Kevin Hart on Couch

Ira Madison really said it perfectly in his response to Kevin:

"I 'harp' because my community of black queer people face violence 365 in America and when we tried to tell you that we weren't trolling you but wanted to educate how your jokes lead to actions like what happened to Jussie, you went on Ellen to talk about your wheelchair movie."

Just do better, Kevin.

It is honestly not as hard as you're making it out to be.

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