Kevin Hart is STILL in hot water with folks on Twitter. Apparently fans aren’t over his past homophobic jokes (and subsequent apology tour) and let him know it when he decided to send Jussie Smollett some well-wishes.
On Tuesday Hart posted a message of support to the Empire actor amid reports he had been violently attacked by two white men in Chicago.
“Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards,” Hart captioned a photo of Smollett also telling him to “stand strong brother.”
Smollett was reportedly targeted by the two MAGA hat wearing assailants who tied a noose around his neck and called him racial and homophobic slurs before beating and throwing bleach on him.
Unfortunately, a number of social media users pointed to the attack on Smollett as an example of why Hart’s past controversial jokes were widely criticized. “This is why someone’s jokes about beating their gay son were never funny,” wrote TV writer Ira Madison III.
Activist Jerry Ford Jr. wrote, “Keep yo tears n prayers…This is why yo joke was important and such an issue,” while another wrote, “This is your reminder that his jokes reflect actual attitudes that produce what happened to Jussie.”
Hart obviously got wind of the backlash and responded with a positive message on his IG account.
“Operation spread love is in full effect damn it,” he said seemingly undeterred. ” I don’t condone or believe in hate, in fact, I despise it. Hate makes me sick to my stomach…It’s pointless. Cowards & weak individuals embrace it. I choose love…I love all of you. I challenge the rest of the world 2 do the same.”
Meanwhile, Smollett 36, has been released from the hospital, and Chicago PD have identified “potential persons of interest.”