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The Internet Is Not Having Kevin Hart's And Ellen DeGeneres's Reactions To The Hate-Fueled Attack On Jussie Smollet

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | January 30, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | January 30, 2019 |


After the announcement in December 2018 that Kevin Hart would be hosting the Academy Awards this February, his homophobic tweets bubbled back into the public’s consciousness. Hart stepped down from the gig, non-apologizing like a real pro the whole time.

In a surprising twist, Ellen DeGeneres invited Hart onto her daytime talk show after the ordeal and let him coast right past the whole homophobic nature of his comedy and past tweets. Everyone not cool with letting someone slide after publicly “joking” about smashing their son over the head with a dollhouse for playing with stereotypically feminine toys went after both DeGeneres and Hart.

As Hart’s “I Don’t Need Redemption Because My Career Wasn’t Affected Tour” chugged along, 35-year-old Empire actor Jussie Smollet was the victim of a hate crime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 29. An outpouring of support and love came from celebrities, politicians, and fans.

Two of those people sending out their love and shaking their head at the clearly racially charged, homophobic, and vile attack? Hart and DeGeneres; two individuals that publicly made it seem like hateful rhetoric concerning violence in the face of homosexuality wasn’t as powerful as it really is.

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DeGeneres posted:



If you want to reach out to someone then you have to do the real work. You cannot justify ignorance and then lament it when you see it end in violence. You aren’t allowed to spread evil and then act surprised when it comes to its natural ends.

Joking about something 10 years ago and then truly, fully apologizing for it while proving through actions that you’ve changed your heart and mind is valuable. Joking about the same thing, claiming you no longer feel that way, choosing not to make it right, and then expecting it to have no impact is foolish and dangerous. People can and do change, but those in the spotlight must do more work to undo the harm caused when the bile spreads via fame.

Don’t tweet it or Instagram it. Make a donation to a charity or organization that can make a positive impact to counteract or prevent what happened to Smollett from happening to others. Reach out privately to Smollett and ask what he needs. Don’t attempt to play it both ways and expect people to forget your role in the problem. Prove that you have a place in finding the solution.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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