Kevin Hart Speaks Out Against Police Shootings, Broken Judicial System
Kevin Hart is known to push the envelope in his standup routines, but in the past, he’s been very clear regarding which subjects he refuses to touch. In the August 13 issue of Rolling Stone, after being questioned about whether he feels compelled to address racism and police-involved killings in his standup, the Philadelphia native explained why these issues are among those topics that have no place in his comedic act. Check out some highlights from his interview below.
On officers walking free after murdering unarmed Black men:
“A guy in the hood with two nickel bags of weed gets five years in jail, because they say they want to make an example of him, but I haven’t seen one judge make an example out of one of these police officers that killed one of these young black men.”
On refusing to address police shootings in his comedy:
“When I see videos of children being shot dead by police, I don’t talk about it because it’s something that scares me. Because I have kids. At that point, it’s not a joking matter. There is no joking there. I would not touch it.”
On why he doesn’t acknowledge racism in his standup:
“I won’t acknowledge what I won’t let beat me. Have I experienced racism? Of course. But will I make you feel superior by saying I’ve felt trumped at times? No. I’ll beat you by succeeding. I want to show my generation that a man of color, despite the roadblocks, can still make it. There’s moments when I took to social media and said things, but it’s always been on the positive side. I gave a message to Baltimore: At the end of the day, we’re only hurting ourselves by destroying what we have. We have to go back and live there. We’re torching, firebombing, looting our stuff. We need that CVS! Be smarter than this!”
“It’s not my style of comedy. It angers me, but not onstage. Onstage, my job is to take away whatever problems are in the world, for that brief moment of time.”
Honestly, we can’t figure out why anyone would think that these racist acts of violence would have a place in comedy anyway, but we can appreciate Kevin speaking out.
Read Hart’s full interview here.