Don Lemon slams Kevin Hart for his "insincere" apology on "Ellen." Hart had been apologizing in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres for his past homophobic tweets.
Don Lemon used his platform to call out comedian Kevin Hart for what he is calling his "insincere" apology. Lemon says Hart hasn't done enough to make up for his past homophobic tweets.
Lemon is responding to the incidents where Kevin Hart was forced to give up his position as the host of the Oscar's after past homophobic tweets from him had resurfaced. He later went on "Ellen" to apologize for the tweets.
On Friday, the "CNN Tonight" host acknowledged that Hart had put out an apology on Twitter and appeared on "Ellen." However, he took issue with the comedian's claim that he had already dealt with his comments.
"Kevin said that he has addressed his homophobic comments but what about the notion that there were apologies? Vulture did an investigation and found all the times that Hart addressed any of the things he may have done to offend gay people. What they did not find was an apology or the words 'I'm sorry.' We couldn't find one, either." said Lemon
Lemon made his stance known just hours after Hart appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show. He criticized Hart's appearance on the show saying that while the comedian desires to be "done" with the conversation about his past the issue remains unresolved.
Lemon is a proud member of both the black and the LGBTQ communities. As a member of both communities, he said the issue was important to him and called on the black community to stop "low-key co-signing homophobia."
"Many of us really need to keep the conversation going – it's life or death. Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the world, can be a leader, the ultimate change agent. He can help change homophobia in the black community, something Kevin’s old twitter jokes addressed, but in the wrong way." said Lemon in his statement.
The CNN anchor addressed one specific tweet from the comedian. In the tweet, Hart joked that if his son came home to play with his daughter's dollhouse, he would break it over his head.
"That was a joke to Kevin, but the truth is that is a reality for many little boys in the United States. Somewhere a black dad is beating his black son, the same way it happened to my friend, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels." said a serious Lemon.
Lemon then addressed Ellen DeGeneres' extending an invitation to Hart to come on her show and discuss his remarks. During her show, DeGeneres defended Hart saying she would try to help get his gig to host the Oscars back.
She also told him that she understood that he made the comments because he had "not been educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day."
Lemon acknowledged that the offer gave Hart a platform to apologize. He also gave props to Ellen for her ability to forgive him but took the moment to point out that she is not the sole voice of the LGBTQ community.
"We need to speak up for the young, black people – especially the young, black men, kids in the LGBT community," said Lemon. "I'm a gay black man, I don't know what it's like to be a white lesbian."
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