Bag Fumbled: Fans Speculate On Why Kevin Hart Didn’t Just Apologize Sooner

December 7, 2018  |  
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Yesterday, we reported that Kevin Hart came under fire for some old, homophobic tweets he’d published from 2009- 2011. In what was strange and unexpected, Kevin Hart, instead of addressing his own remarks, went after the people who found the tweets. True, there is something strange about digging through someone’s Twitter history. But the story here are the words that were spewed—but more on that later.

Anyway, after the story we published yesterday about Hart’s refusal to take responsibility, he released even more videos— still without apologizing. You can check them out below.

In this one, he shares that “if you don’t believe that people change, grow and evolve, I don’t know what to tell you…I’m in a great, mature place where all I do is spread positivity.”

(Let’s put a pin here.)

Later, he shared this video, doubling down on his refusal to apologize, even after the Academy called him personally asking that he apologize.

“So I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host.’ We’re talking about tweets from 2009, 2010. I chose to pass. I  passed on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve address this several times. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue go back and tap into the days of old when I’m in a completely new space in my life. The same energy that went into finding those old tweets, could be the same energy that went into finding the response to the questions that have been asked, years, after years and years. We’re feeding the internet trolls and reward ‘em, man. I’m not going to do it, man. I’m going to be me and stand my ground. Regardless of the Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative for the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm, no foul.”

And a pin right here.

Hart speaks about being mature and evolved. He does it often. But a mature and evolved person doesn’t have a problem apologizing for their wrongdoing. He recognizes the impact of his actions and takes responsibility for the hurt he’s caused rather than attack the people who’ve highlighted an injustice.

You’ll notice that in the second video, he speaks of addressing the tweets and speaking on the tweets. Never once did he say he apologized for them. That’s intentional. It’s because he wasn’t sorry for his words. Period. Not only was he not sorry, he thought he was powerful enough to not have to apologize or reckon with those words again, which is why he never deleted the tweets in the first place.

But after his Instagram press conferences last night, I guess he finally got the message and issued these additional statements.

And then he hit us with a Dr. King quote.

For the life of me, I can’t understand why he didn’t just apologize. No, that’s not true. Hart was on his “I ain’t sorry tip” and seemed to forget that the rules are a little different for Black men in this country.

Welp. Maybe he’ll truly learn and evolve from this moment instead of just talking about it.

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