Kevin Hart Lashes Out At Critics Using Hate Crime To Further ‘Harp’ On His Homophobic Past

Kevin Hart, who has a troubling history of anti-gay jokes and tweets, issued a public response to the racist and homophobic attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on social media, calling the hate crime “unbelievably sad” and decrying society going “backwards.”

“This is unbelievably sad,” Hart wrote. “Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world???? Why are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother.”

Many Twitter users fired back at Hart’s statement with sharp criticisms for his past tweets.

As a bit of a background, Hart was announced as the host of the 91st annual Academy Awards in early December but stepped down following backlash over homophobic tweets from the early 2000s, which he claims to have already apologized for years ago. (Despite Hart’s apology claim, an investigation by Vulture found no apology prior to his December 7th tweet, after which he’d already stepped down from the Oscars hosting gig.)

In response to the criticism, Hart tweeted:

Twitter was not happy with that response: