Comedian D.L. Hughley has stirred controversy with his defense of Kevin Hart.
In the wake of Hart stepping down from hosting the 91st annual Academy Awards, Hughley got into a heated exchange with Pose actress Indya Moore over his defense.
Hughley released a video praising the Night School star's non-apology for his old homophobic tweets. The short clip made its way to Twitter, and Moore, who is a trans woman, challenged Hughley's sentiments on Friday.
White people standing up for racism in comedy. @RealDLHughley. But you can't see that because gay jokes are so popular and normalized. you can't balance or evaluate the ethics of an issue you aren't impacted by or really care brother just stop... You bias! https://t.co/2isgLxBcn9— IAM (@IndyaMoore) December 7, 2018
The actress called out Hughley for seemingly dismissing the concerns of the gay community about Hart's now-deleted tweets.
"You can't balance or evaluate the ethics of an issue you aren't impacted by," she wrote.
At first, the exchange was civil. Hughley wrote back stating "jokes are jokes and no one is above them" as a retort.
I think jokes are jokes and no one is above them nothing more nothing less— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) December 7, 2018
Then, the conversation began to veer off course when Moore fired back calling the 55-year-old funnyman a failed comedian because of his divisive brand of comedy.
your jokes divide people and that's why you fail as a comedian. By all means don't apologize, you can be all the clown you want but you will never lead with bullshit.— IAM (@IndyaMoore) December 7, 2018
The phrase "fail as a comedian" set Hughley off. He fired off a thread of tweets detailing his career achievements. Several of the syndicated talk show host's tweets referred to Moore as a "p***y."
Fail!! Lol!!!! I make a living doing what love, put kids through college, paid for my homes, and travel the world, and still don’t give a shit what a pussy like u thinks— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) December 7, 2018
Or consistently the top comedian on social media pussy!!! Lol— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) December 8, 2018
He also managed to promote his upcoming Netflix series in one of his tweets. As the exchange flowed over into Saturday, Moore reaffirmed her commitment to stand up to bigotry in the entertainment industry.
#bigotry is trash the unapologetic pride of @RealDLHughley is a toxic force that moves us back as black people and lgbtq folk. Now more than ever context matters language matters, and as an activist I will not stand for anti black or lgbtq rhetoric in ent.https://t.co/ODrRDacB6X— IAM (@IndyaMoore) December 8, 2018
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