Terry Crews comments on Kevin Hart's response to homophobic tweets controversy
Kevin Hart's PR team must be day-drinking pretty hard after these past couple weeks. In case you're out of the loop, and haven't followed the tangled labyrinth of apologies, outrage, outraged apologies and apologies for outrage, here's a summary:
The Academy Of Motion Pictures That Are Mostly Just Remakes and Sequels picked comedian/actor Kevin Hart to host the Oscars. That seemed like a good choice, until Twitter detectives resurfaced his old homophobic tweets, plus homophobic material from his 2010 special Seriously Funny. Hart joked that his "greatest fear" is that his son will turn out gay, stated that "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will," and threatened to smash a dollhouse over his son's head if he displayed stereotypical gay behavior.
For obvious reasons, the material offended people in the LGBTQ community, who have experienced real pain growing up with homophobic parents. Hart responded defensively on Instagram, telling people to stop being so negative, man. He insisted he had changed as a person, and stated he would not apologize again because he had already done so in the past. (There is no evidence of this.) Then, hours later, the Night School star pulled a 180, stepping down from the Oscars, and tweeting an apology for his "insensitive words."
Last Friday, Hart appeared on Ellen Degeneres' talk show, and somehow made the debacle worse. Rather than show contrition and express regret for his words, he ranted about the "haters and trolls" attempting to sabotage his career. And it didn't get any better this week. In a tense interview on Good Morning America, Hart repeatedly insisted he was "done" addressing this controversy.
"I have an understanding that I've addressed it and I've said everything I can possibly say, so I'm over it," he stated. "What else do you want? You want blood? You want my arms?"
Fans say Hart shouldn't have to endlessly apologize for his past mistakes. Critics say Hart should have sincerely apologized without getting so defensive and painting himself as a victim. Who can make sense of this controversy? The amazing actor and illustrator, Terry Crews, star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and America's Got Talent: The Champions.
During an interview with BuzzFeed News, he expressed disappointment over how his friend Kevin Hart was handling the controversy."He feels like he's being attacked. But the truth is, he's not," said Crews. "The truth is, Kevin, you're not being attacked. The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people. That’s all anybody's asking for. That's it."
The Old Spice star revealed that sometimes he gets defensive, too, when his wife accuses him of doing something wrong. "Then all of a sudden you can get hardened," said Crews, "but the hard part is when you put down the defenses and you say, 'Wait a minute, I'm not listening.'" He continued, "We do have to admit our guilt and say, ‘Hey, I messed up and let’s fix this thing. I think that he will do that, and he has always done that."
The 2019 Oscars will be the first ceremony without a host since 1989. I bet Academy members have been day drinking a lot over the past two weeks too.