‘Showing Respect Is To Not Play Around With It At All:’ Kevin Hart Talks Making Gay Jokes With ‘EBONY’


It seems that one of the biggest rules to being a successful comedian is sometimes knowing where to draw the line because the wrong joke has the potential to stagnate a career before it ever actually takes off. “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star, Kevin Hart seems to be well aware of this unwritten rule, which is why there are some groups that he simply will not target with his jokes. In the April 2013 issue of EBONY Magazine, the funny man got rather serious when it came to discussions of gay jokes and wasted no time expressing why he doesn’t make them “at all.”

“The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down. I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is,” he revealed.

It’s great that Kevin is sensitive to the gay community and keeps them in mind when putting together his material. Some are wondering why Hart wasn’t as sensitive about two years ago when it came to the backlash he received about the negative comments he made about dark skinned women.

“#handsdown Light-skinned women usually have better credit than a dark-skinned woman…Broke as dark hoes…Lol,” read the controversial tweet.

Of course, this tweet didn’t sit well with many of his followers and fans.

“Attention all dark skinned women…. I’m a f***ing COMEDIAN, which means I tell jokes, stop being so damn sensitive,” he defended.

Later on, in an interview with Kendra G., Hart was given an opportunity to clean up his comments. An opportunity that he actually refused, instead, he continued to suggest that people stop being so sensitive.

“People are stupid. This is something so minute. If you are a Kevin Hart fan, you know exactly what I talk about and how I talk… Last time I checked, I’m as black as a doggone oil can. How can I be racist against what I am?  Women, y’all just go off the deep end. Y’all kill me with this whole light skin/dark skin thing… Kevin talks about everybody. Nobody is left off limits… ” he said during the interview.


What are your thoughts on this? Should there even be a comparison between gay jokes and complexion jokes?

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