One thing I’d like to see end in 2019 is the caving to the outrage mob. Any outrage mob. Be that an “OMG, he said a thing which I find moderately discomforting ergo I shall destroy him” mob or “OMG, he said a thing 10 years ago I find displeasing ergo I shall destroy him” retroactive mob. No more apologies. No more caves. If you’re not wrong, walk it back zero. Here to walk back no more, Kevin Hart. He is done addressing the faux LGBT-phobic tweet controversy from 8+ years ago. Done.
This is how you double down, folks.
“I’m not giving any more explanation of who I am. I’m just done.”
As he should be. He’s explained. He’s apologized. He’s clarified.
Yet Michael Strahan keeps trying to tap for more. More apologies. More emotions. More self-flagellation. Because there’s never enough. Once you say “Oh, sorry for that thing I probably shouldn’t have apologized for” you’ve caved. The mob keeps coming back for more. Outrage can only be sustained with more emotion, with more outrage. Once you stop feeding the beast, it dies off. It may die off loudly, but it eventually dies off. I say this as someone who’s had her fair share of internet mob outrage.
Kevin Hart didn’t need to apologize, in my opinion, for something he said 8 or more years ago. What a terrible precedent that sets. Who here is perfectly fine with everything they did in the distant past? He or she who hasn’t grown up as a person probably just sits around whining anyway, because maturity is only for those people who want to make something of their lives.
Hopefully, Kevin Hart stays strong this time. Don’t give in to the mob. No more. I hope his costar, Bryan Cranston, does the same. Read Bryan Cranston Defends His Portrayal of a Disabled Character: ‘Actors Act!’
For more on this “controversy:”
- Ellen DeGeneres Defends Kevin Hart, and Of Course the Left Attacks Her
- Jerry Seinfeld: The Academy are the Big Losers, Not Kevin Hart [VIDEO]
- Nick Cannon Exposes Hollywood’s Hypocrisy on Kevin Hart