Kevin Hart on some of his experience with cancel culture

by Helvine Achieng
June 17, 2021

In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, American stand-up comedian, actor, and producer Kevin Hart has used some colourful language to talk about his disdain for the tendency to "cancel" people after they have publicly made mistakes.

In 2018, Hart stepped down from plans to host the Academy awards after tweets he had posted from 2009 and 2011 resurfaced, causing a backlash. The tweets included derogatory language referring to gay people and made disparaging comments about sexuality.

In the interview, Kevin stated, 

"When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect?" the actor said. "Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don't understand."

"I've been canceled, what, three or four times? Never bothered."

"If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will," he said. "Personally? That's not how I operate. I understand people are human."

Hart has further stated that he doesn't expect perfection from anyone and would rather focus on growth.

"Everyone can change," he said. "It's like jail. People get locked up so they can be taught a lesson."