Yesterday, as more details were released about the attack on Jussie Smollett, celebrities, politicians and other folks extended their condolences to the actor after details of his racist and homophobic attack were made known.
And interestingly, Kevin Hart was among the number. He shared this picture of Jussie with these words.
Afterward, we shared that there were more than a few people who noted that Hart missed yet another opportunity to connect the dots between his language—from ten years ago—and the actions that transpired against Smollett.
While Hart has offered an apology, he’s spent even more time talking about the “haters,” people who don’t operate in love and light. He’s assured us he’s changed but went on a media tour talking about how he resented having to do so repeatedly.
It’s an accountability issue.
And when folks pointed that out after Hart’s condolences, he took time out to point to the change he’s undergone.
Change is evidenced through behavior, not the insistence that you’ve changed because you offered a reluctant apology, in the midst of attempting to shame the people who called you out in the first place. Change is apologizing without looking to make other people a scapegoat in the midst of your own shortcomings.
We’ll stay on the lookout for it.
What do you make of this? Should people have been critical of Hart’s condolences?