In a new interview with Rolling Stone Magazine comedian Kevin Hart said that his biggest fear in life would be finding out that his son was gay.
Kevin admitted that as a straight man, one of his main concerns is to make sure his son doesn’t turn out to be a homosexual…
“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. . . . Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.
“It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers.”
Hart later addressed the state of racial affairs in the US and how he deals with it as a Black comedian:
“If you associate yourself with one group of people, you alienate another 12, you know? So the thing for me is, how can I make everybody laugh at this one thought? The thought may be provoked by something that happened on the stoop or at the barbershop, but now how do I make it broad enough for everyone to understand it and see it?”
I ask if he has ever felt compelled to address race more pointedly in his act, particularly in the past year, when racism, and racist violence, have dominated the national conversation. He says that, offstage, these issues infuriate him:
“A guy in the hood with two nickel bags of weed gets five years in jail, because they say they want to make an example of him, but I haven’t seen one judge make an example out of one of these police officers that killed one of these young black men.”
But he keeps it offstage:
“When I see videos of children being shot dead by police, I don’t talk about it because it’s something that scares me. Because I have kids. At that point, it’s not a joking matter. There is no joking there. I would not touch it.”
Its nice to hear how Kevin Hart feels about the racial injustice thats going on in America. As a comedian we understand him choosing not to touch on those topics during his shows, but we would still like to see him speaking out more publicly on the issues when not on stage.
He had a great point to add, why not share that with the world more often? If #BlackLivesMatter we should all be saying it. Not just behind closed doors.
What do you think? #MakeAStatement