Should we keep going? Past homophobic tweets by Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer dug up after Kevin Hart debate

In light of Hollywood’s newfound war against comedian Kevin Hart for allegedly homophobic jokes he told nearly a decade ago, fellow comedian Nick Cannon has taken it upon himself to shine a spotlight on what he appears to feel is the entertainment industry’s glaring hypocrisy.

On Friday the “Wild ‘N Out” retweeted posts from liberal comedians Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer that were just as — if not more-so — “homophobic” than Hart’s jokes.


Cannon posted the retweets a day after Hart was forced to step down from his role as the host of the upcoming Oscars over allegedly offensive jokes he made between 2009 and 2011.

The jokes resurfaced after ABC and the Academy Awards chose him to host the Oscars. The resulting backlash led to Hart stepping down and being demonized as a homophobic bigot.

Even after he apologized, the criticism continued to pour in:

Cannon appears to believe that Handler, Silverman and Schumer have never been held to the same standards as Hart. The evidence suggests he may be correct.

There appears to be no record on the Internet of any of the three comedians ever apologizing for telling “homophobic” jokes, though Silverman has admitted to cringing at her past material.

“Certainly stuff that I did 10 or 15 years ago, I cringe at now, but I think that’s OK,” she said in an interview with The Guardian at the start of this month.

But why isn’t it OK for Hart? After the controversy surrounding his tweets erupted, the Academy reached out to him to demand that he issue a public apology.

He initially refused, explaining in a video statement that he’d already apologized in an interview four years ago and therefore saw no reason to apologize again.

“So I just got a call from The Academy. That call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets or we’re going to have to move on and find another host. … I passed,” Hart said.

“The reason that I passed is I’ve addressed it several times. That’s not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it.”


It’s unclear how Hart’s statement is any different from what Silverman said. It’s also unclear why Handler and Schumer have seemingly never faced real backlash for their tweets.

In the case of Silverman and Schumer, their “homophobia” at least represents their past. For Handler, however, her “homophobia” continues to be seen frequently.

This year alone she’s repeatedly smeared Sen. Lindsey Graham with “homophobic” slurs and insults. Not only do these tweets still remain on Twitter, but she’s never apologized for them:

This apparent lack of interest by Hollywood to hold certain comedians accountable speaks to a hypocrisy that many find exasperating. Some also believe so-called white privilege is at play.



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