Comedian Kevin Hart shreds haters of his rant against cancel culture: ‘The hate/slander fuels me’

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart mocked critics of his recent rant against left-wing-dominated “cancel culture” Tuesday on Twitter, noting that what he found especially comical were claims that he’s not funny enough.

“The ‘He’s not funny’ slander is the best….this is for you. I have 3 stand up comedy specials that fall in the top 10 highest grossing comedy specials of all time….2 of my specials are in the top 3 of all time,” Hart began.

“I have been the highest grossing comedian in entertainment for years now….I have also been the highest grossing comedian in the box office with over 4 billion in earnings,” he added.

“I have also turned my comedic talent into a place of business and branding and radio and other revenue streams,” Hart explained further, adding, “The hate/slander fuels me to do more.”

“I rarely talk s**t….but I felt the need to today. Stop believing these headlines and read the actual articles…. you guys fall for the banana in the tailpipe trick every damn time,” Hart continued, using a reference to a scene from an Eddie Murphy film, “Beverly Hills Cop.”

Hart finished up his Twitter rant with this: “J Cole said it best ‘If ur laughing at a millionaire the jokes on YOU’ …..Now back to ur regularly scheduled program. Live love and laugh!!!!”

The 42-year-old comedian and entrepreneur is currently worth about $200 million; he says he’d like to be a billionaire by the time he’s 45.

The actor and comedian, whose new film “Fatherhood” debuts on Netflix on Friday, was responding to earlier comments he made in an interview with The Sunday Times, during which he acknowledged using homophobic slurs and other language some found offensive earlier in his career — language that forced him to back out of hosting the Oscars in 2018.

In terms of cancel culture generally, Hart said, “Shut the f**k up!”

“[T]he bigger that you get the more people poke at you,” he told the outlet. “I don’t know why. The road to success is amazing. Then you get there and opinions about you grow.”

“When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect? Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don’t understand. I don’t expect perfection from my kids. I don’t expect it from my wife, friends, employees,” Hart told the outlet.

“They’re saying that all life should be over because of a mistake?” he added. “Your life should end and there should be no opportunity to change? What are you talking about?” he asked. “And who are you to make that decision?”

The interviewer with The Times brought up the 2018 Oscars, giving Hart a chance to address it.

“If people want to pull up stuff, go back to the same tweets of old, go ahead. There is nothing I can do,” he said. “You’re looking at a younger version of myself. A comedian trying to be funny and, at that attempt, failing. Apologies were made. I understand now how it comes off. I look back and cringe. So it’s growth. It’s about growth.”

He went on to say he’s done with cancel culture.

“If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached. But when you just talk about … nonsense?” Hart said. “When you’re talking, ‘Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!’ Shut the f*** up! What are you talking about?

“I’ve been canceled, what, three or four times? Never bothered,” Hart continued, adding, “If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will.”

Jon Dougherty

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