Remember how we once held Kevin Hart up as an example of a comic who didn’t have to piss off half of America to be funny? Well, it was fun while it lasted.
We were truly impressed by Kevin Hart’s professionalism. By how he had set his goals to being the biggest name in Comedy and was fully-prepared to outwork everyone else to get there.
We admired that he took a step back from the ‘Resistance’ movement and realized that if he doesn’t alienate half of America, he’s got twice the market of all the other comics who had sold their souls to the Blue Team.
We admired that he could hold a political opinion without feeling some obligation to trash the other side. In Hollywood, that’s a rare talent.
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He changed his tune at the MTV awards. Here’s his rant. (Does the ‘in your face’ punchline seem a little forced or rushed, to you?)
Presenting the first award alongside Night School co-star Tiffany Haddish, Hart joked that the chaos and unpredictability of the ceremony is a lot like the Trump administration.
‘You never know what’s going to happen at the VMAs,’ he said.
‘Beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets it’s basically like your typical day at the White House.’
To applause, he added: ‘In your face, Trump! Suck it!’
A little later in their opening skit, Hart returned to Trump by bringing up the NFL anthem protests.
He said: ‘Understand that we are live, coast to coast right now, I’m looking at this like it’s game day people.
‘But do not worry, because at this game you are allowed to kneel, you can do whatever you want because no old white man can stop you, do it.’
Hart has previously refused to call out Trump during interviews and in his stand-up routines, saying it wasn’t his place to talk politics.
He was on track to be a great comedian. Someone who had shown himself to be above it.
But when push came to shove, he wasn’t above pandering and throwing red meat to the live audience.
He’s shown himself to be much smaller than we thought he was. Reducing himself to just another face in the Hollywood crowd. Another angry Leftist howling about America from his gated community. He’s reduced his flashes of comic genius to the pedestrian rage of DeNiro’s “F**K Trump” rant.
Too bad, too. He was a hell of a talent.
Compare that with what we shared in a 2017 piece on how he planned to be ‘big like Oprah’:
“The way that I see it, my job as a comedian is to spread positivity. To make people laugh,” the highest-grossing comedian on the planet said in an interview with the Daily Beast. “And I don’t want to draw attention to what’s already pissing us as a people off.”
It’s a sentiment the What Now star first explained earlier this month in an interview with Variety, in which he said avoiding politically-charged comedy keeps him from “alienating” a portion of his audience.
“When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience,” Hart said in May
Will you ever watch another Kevin Hart flick?