Kevin Hart Responds To Backlash Surrounding Support Of Jussie Smollett
"I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support..."
On Wednesday (Jan. 30), Hart shared a post on Instagram, wishing Smollett a speedy recovery after the actor was reportedly attacked in Chicago by MAGA supporters. "Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett," Hart wrote on social media. "This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards....this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world????"
His response was immediately met with criticism. Many social media users pointed out the irony in his support of Smollett, considering his recent decision to step down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards due to his past homophobic tweets and his attitude about them thereafter.
The comedian replied to writer Ira Madison III, who sarcastically mocked Hart for supporting Smollett. "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," Hart wrote. "Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do...CHANGE!"
Check out the back and forth below.