It seems like not much has changed for Kevin Hart.
The funnyman has blown up in the last twelve months, thanks to major movies and worldwide attention, but if his new interview in Rolling Stone is any indication, he may still think some of the same things about having a gay son that he stated years ago.
First, a little backstory. Back in 2010 on Hart’s Seriously Funny tour, the comic had a joke about having a son who turned out to be gay, and how it was one of his biggest fears.
The Rolling Stone writer called him on that bit — which was controversial at the time — and Hart had this to say about how he’s changed (or hasn’t changed) in the five years since then:
“It’s about my fear. I’m 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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers.”
What the what?! Not wanting your son to be gay — which is not his choice, anyways — isn’t a reflection of you, but a criticism of your son! It definitely does more than just “ruffle feathers” for a young man feeling pressure from his father, and it’s not a reflection of anything wrong you might’ve done as a dad.
Hart goes on to say he wouldn’t tell the joke today, but maybe not for the reason you’d imagine:
“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?”
Not wanting a gay son, and pressuring him to change who he is after he was born that way is a big deal, though! Hart may be funny and extremely successful, but at least in this case, he sure hasn’t learned from the mistakes of his past.
What do U think — is Hart out of line??
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