Kevin Hart and his wife are facing a furious backlash over the theme of their son's birthday party
Cultural appropriation is one of those hot-button topics that nobody can ever seem to agree on. Seriously, what one person thinks is an example of insensitive stereotyping and callous exploitation, someone else will view as harmless good fun. Indeed, on the internet, people are all too happy to argue over whether or not something constitutes cultural appropriation or not. The Cambridge dictionary describes it as: "the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture."
Comedians are often people who end up accused of cultural appropriation for the sake of a cheap gag, and celebrities with high media profiles sometimes end up provoking outrage due to practices which their critics deem insensitive. This week Kevin Hart has come under fire on social media, after he uploaded pictures of his son's birthday party to social media.
The theme of Kenzo's Hart's birthday party was apparently "Cowboys and Indians" - something which many commenters thought was carelessly exploiting native American culture for the sake of some cute kiddie costumes. Hart's spouse, Eniko Parrish, captioned the snaps of the birthday bash: "'Zos cowboys & Indians party was nothing but amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming.. we love you guys! [sic]"
Instagram users were quick to criticise the pics, and they didn't mince words when it came to voicing their disapproval. One person angrily wrote: "Wow, for you to get soooo many likes and for you to have the audacity to post and host a “theme” party like this is soooo disrespectful, native lifestyle is not a “theme”, read a fucking book you dumbass @kevinhart4realshame on you for letting this happen, for someone I thought was an educated man, you have most definitely let me down sir. [sic]"
However, some other social media users were a little more supportive. One person wrote: "Ummm, for those offended, I don’t know if you actually know someone black. Because most black People will swear they have some Indian in them anyway ... it’s like a badge of honor I think it’s a little late to worry about a kids B-Day party [sic]" while another person added: "Lighten up people. It was a 1-year-old's birthday. Those giving them a hard time... I thought i would share this little tidbit- redirect your hatred off this little boy. [sic]"
Neither Kevin Hart or his wife have responded to the backlash yet. The couple had baby Kenzo back in 2017; but Hart also has an 11-year-old son Hendrix, and 13-year-old daughter Heaven, from his marriage to actress Torrei Hart - whom he divorced from back in November of 2011. What do you guys think? Is Kevin wrong to have had this theme for his party? Would they have been better off with cops and robbers? Or is this an example of people getting worked up over nothing?