The controversy around old homophobic tweets made by comedian Kevin Hart isn't over. Tuesday, the Philadelphia-born superstar took to his SiriusXM radio show Straight from the Hart to address the situation again.
Action News 6 reports the 39-year-old issued a direct apology to fans and to the LGBTQ community.
"Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community," Hart said. "I apologize."
The comedian also said he used hurtful language because he didn't know any better.
"We thought it was OK to talk like that because that's how we talked to one another," he said. "This is wrong now. Because now we're in a space where I'm around people of the LGBTQ community, and I'm now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say 'That s**t hurt because of what I've been through.'"
As HuffPost notes, Hart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show January 4. The talk show host and fellow comedian urged him to reconsider hosting the Oscars (he was fired from his hosting gig after his tweets were publicized) and praised him for his overall career success.
As Blavity reported, this appearance did not go over well with some. For instance, LGBTQ advocate and journalist Don Lemon criticized Hart's appearance on Ellen and said he believes the actor can use his celebrity to be a voice of change against homophobia.
According to NBC News, Hart responded to Lemon's statements in his new radio show apology and argued some members of the LGBTQ community members have become overly "bullish."
"Don Lemon goes on CNN and goes, 'You can fix this, become an ally.' That’s not my, that’s not my life dream," Hart said.
Despite this, Deadline reports Hart also told listeners, “If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that’s the fight. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you.”
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