In comedy, some things are off limits, however, it’s up to comedians/comediennes to figure out what it is they will and will not touch with a ten-foot pole. For Kevin Hart, joking about the LGBTQ community is a big no no. However, when it comes to cracking some stale jokes about the differences between black women of a light and dark complexion and their credit scores, as he did a few years ago before blowing up in the mainstream, now THAT is a go.
In an interview with Playboy, he recently explained his humor, and here’s why he won’t talk about the following “sensitive” things:
“I’m not a political guy. I don’t really deal with Democrats or Republicans. I don’t find that funny. And I don’t talk about the gay community, be it male or female. No thank you! It’s such a sensitive subject. I’ve seen comics get into serious trouble by joking about gay people. It’s too dangerous. Whatever you say, any joke you make about the gay community, it’s going to be misconstrued. It’s not worth it.”
In that same interview, he then said that his light skin vs. dark skin jokes were taken out of context, and that he won’t apologize for them at this point in his career:
“Listen, that was just me being silly on Twitter, playing on a trending topic. Some people were offended by it, but that’s always a risk with comedy. Nobody’s going to find everything funny. I didn’t feel I had to apologize for something that was misconstrued and taken out of context. I have no ill will toward women, not dark-skinned women, not light-skinned women. I was just being silly. I’m a comedian. Being silly is my job; it’s how I pay my bills.”
Feeling the heat on Twitter about those comments after this new interview hit the web, Hart had some words for a few followers, including author Dream Hampton, who implied that he has an issue with dark skinned women:
“I love everybody & it shows…I don’t have to prove shit & I won’t!!! I’m HAPPY damn it…now please miss me with the bulls**t.”
“I’m getting so good at ignoring negativity…It kills me how people can just assume that they know u or ur beliefs! I honestly just laugh”
“Your ridiculous @dreamhampton ….I addressed those old a** tweets in my film “Let Me Explain” ….stop feeding into the bulls**t honey!”
“Please miss me with the bulls**t @nhoward785 ur dumb as rocks for believing that I hate Dark skin woman. It’s a tweet from 4yrs ago genius”
“Last but not least @nhoward785 my daughter is dark skin & so is my mother & so is my grandmother & so is my Ex wife…u sound stupid”
I know that some people find Kevin Hart hilarious, and there are others who don’t like him–those tweets have a lot to do with that dislike. But what do you think about what he had to say about those past jokes?