Kevin Hart’s past “apologies” for anti-gay jokes don’t cut it, according to Don Lemon.
“We need to talk about how people who may have messed up can become allies, as well,” the CNN anchor explained. “Because apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender. Being an ally does.”
Lemon discussed the ongoing controversy about Hart potentially hosting the 2019 Oscars. Hart was named the upcoming Oscars host in December 2018, but after homophobic tweets from as recently as 2011 resurfaced, he stepped down.
Hart apologized to the LGBTQ+ community for his “insensitive words.” But in an interview with Ellen Degeneres shared on the morning of January 4, he said he was frustrated at apologizing for something which he says he’s apologized for many times.
Degeneres advocated for Hart to be reinstated as Oscars host and believed his apology was authentic, a sentiment not shared by many others in the LGBTQ+ community.
Lemon also claimed Hart didn’t apologize until his December 7 tweet, referencing an investigation by Vulture that found that, while Hart addressed his anti-gay jokes numerous times, he didn’t offer an apology or say he was sorry.
Lemon added that Hart needs to make a more concerted effort to be an ally to not only the LGBTQ+ community, but specifically the Black LGBTQ+ community.