But then I heard the actual comments, folded into his comedy routine, and for me it seems more like a witch hunt. I grew up in an environment where the men in my family would say way worse stuff than that, after all, that's the main reason I did not come out that I liked men until I was 28 and trans until I was in my mid-30's, I could still hear the voices of my family shaming me. I am one of those people that should be "offended" by Kevin Hart's routine.
But I am not. Instead, I laughed. I got to laugh about a moment that was painful and for me it took the sting out of those times. I may be the only one who feels that way, but I have a voice and I am no longer a trained monkey following a trend, I can think and speak for myself, thank you though.
What if we could bring up your past conversations and publicize them?
We evolve as a people, sometimes day-by-day, becoming increasingly aware of how we impact our environment. He negatively impacted his environment and when he realized it had a negative impact, he changed it. Asking for more is just a publicity stunt. CNN's Don Lemon is an example of someone who is an LGBT voice, a strong one at that, but he has caused an issue to be swelled by injecting water into it. He is making it more than it should be.
I would like to say, chill. It's gonna be alright and to Mr. Hart, in the one a billion chance you read this, thanks for making me laugh so hard I've cried. Thanks for standing in the spotlight and letting a group of people pour over your past and still continue on, I know what that feels like, only without the millions part.
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