From Kevin Hart To DL Hughley: When Homo/Transphobia Are No Longer “Just Jokes”
One of the most harmful elements of Kevin Hart’s homophobic rhetoric is the fact that his words about inflicting violence against his child expressing stereotypical homosexual tendencies is the frequency with which violence is actually inflicted upon members of the LGBTQ community, in real life, by real people.
Recently, a 20-year-old woman was attacked on a New York City Subway by a man who punched a woman after she kissed another woman on the cheek.
The woman was left with a fractured spine.
Newsweek reports that police say the suspect, an older African American man, called the woman a d*ke on a Manhattan-bound E train before launching in an argument with the victim.
After their back and forth, the man punched the woman in the back of her head and pushed her to the ground as she turned to walk away. He then fled the scene.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where medics determined that she had suffered a fractured spine from the fall.
Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Pictures and video of the suspect have been released. He’s described as an older Black man in his 50s.
As with this incident, the violence began with rhetoric. Anti-gay and trans language is prevalent in various arenas. In fact, another comedian, in defense of Kevin Hart, launched his own tirade against “Pose” star Indya Moore.
It began when Hughley posted this video saying “f*ck” the Oscars and commending Hart for standing up to them.
Initially, Hughley kept it civil.
But then Moore represented Hughley’s failed comedic career…
And he snapped, launching into name calling.
The same people—mostly Black men—who are defending Kevin Hart keep saying that his words were just jokes. That he should be protected by the shield of comedy. But in defense of him, their own words, as evidenced by Hughley have turned vitriolic. And these aren’t jokes.