Many people have been tweeting their support for Jussie Smollett, who was assaulted in an apparent homophobic and racist attack on early Tuesday morning in Chicago. However, when Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres tweeted about it, they were both promptly slammed on social media. Of course, Hart responded.
“Sending prayers your way
@jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad,” the comedian tweeted Tuesday. “Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world????”
Kevin and his response were slammed by some people on social media considering his anti-gay jokes in the past and his handling the Academy Awards fiasco, where he stepped down after refusing to apologize. (He never apologized previously. Contrary to incorrect reports, his first apology was when he stepped down).
The talk show host was also hit hard for what some perceived to be weak handling of Hart when he appeared on her show to explain the Academy Awards drama. Even Roxane Gay, a famous New York Times bestselling author who also co-wrote the “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” comic book series, tweeted at her, “As much love as you sent Kevin Hart?”
Hart had enough and responded, “I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do…CHANGE!”
Hart, 39, might need to take a break from social media.
While walking to a Subway in Chicago, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the 36-year-old actor after he exited the restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago last week. The cutout letters said, “You will die black f**.” See below:
The Chicago Police Department was investigating.