Kevin Hart is receiving tons of backlash on social media after a cowboys and Indians-themed birthday party. His wife, Eniko Parrish, posted the photo on Instagram with the caption “Zos cowboys & Indians party was nothing but amazing!” To make matters worse, the photo was posted on Thanksgiving — not exactly the best day to highlight “cowboys and Indians,” considering the massive genocide of Native Americans. See the photo below:
The comedian is defending the party and said on his SiriusXM show, “Keep in mind, the same day the Cowboys played the Washington Football Team on TV. It’s a very known fact. The reason why I’m even bringing this dumb s— up is because it shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions. People are at a point of an all-time high.” Sounds like Hart isn’t aware that America Indians have been fighting back against the name “Redskins” for years.
Hart also explained the party was inspired by western movies, “I’m saying the battle that is ‘assumed’ because of the movies and because of everything they’ve seen, was because of the fights that were between the cowboys and the Indians.” Hart must be oblivious to the history of racism in western movies, especially toward Native Americans.
See the reactions to Kevin Hart below.
Throwin a "Cowboys & Indians" birthday party on "Thanksgiving" celebrates genocide, white supremacy, & slavery. R those the things u @KevinHart4real & @enikohart represent & are teaching to your child? Would it be ok to throw a Master & slave birthday party? nope #nativetwitter pic.twitter.com/AnrZNUn3jn— Mx. Mariposa (They/Them) 🦻 (@solomamihood) November 25, 2018
In light of the #KevinHart “Cowboys and Indians” birthday party controversy, here’s a reminder that there have been 9 Cowboys vs Redskins Thanksgiving day football games... and also, yes, there is still a team named Washington Redskins. This is deeper than a kids party. #America pic.twitter.com/q3h40nq6q6— Ava Pittman (@AvaPittmanTV) November 27, 2018
@KevinHart4real defended his “cowboys & Indians” party by saying the Cowboys & Reds*ins played on tv the same day. Um yeah- Native ppl have been protesting & pointing out the harms of the Reds*ins for decades. NONNATIVES DON’T GET A SAY ON WHAT IS OR ISN’T RACIST TO NATIVE PPLS!!— cherrywaves (@heather28df) November 28, 2018
Cowboys and Indians? Can you not afford a publicist who would explain the reality if such a terrible idea?— Serenityaz (@laserenityaz) November 24, 2018
Playing cowboys & Indians has always been racist. It’s like playing slave & slave owner. Hollywood stereotyped Native Americans and that’s how people still see us unfortunately. Our culture isn’t a costume. Mexican, Black, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc - NOT a costume. #KevinHart pic.twitter.com/xoUdb7NXOd— 🍂Audra Wise🍂 (@wiseaudra) November 27, 2018
I'm a huge fan but its disappointing to see a violent and disgraceful event Cowboys & Indians as a theme party for your very young son. As a young Indigenous child I was chased in the school yard by kids pretending to kill me while calling me a Wagon burner. Disturbing disregard!— Lynn Roberts (@LynnRob13096365) November 28, 2018
Stand up for the invisible, most under represented group in the US & Hollywood - Natives. It’s not too late to educate yourself & others - racist Native mascots, Native costumes & “innocently” playing cowboys & Indians never been & never will be ok. Teach your kids. #KevinHart pic.twitter.com/RWpatiA34Q— 🍂Audra Wise🍂 (@wiseaudra) November 27, 2018
Everyone commented on #KevinHart Cowboys vs. Indians Bday party...well most of us need a slap in face. Don't act like this wasn't part of your Kindergarten school curriculum if you're about 40+. But you're too damn old too defend his actions now. Then you mad about Black face!Uh!— Tia Wells (@Tia2You) November 28, 2018