- A viral clip from HBO’s The Shop showed Kevin Hart appearing confused when Lil Nas X discussed homophobia and his decision to come out.
- Many were outraged when Hart asked why the singer grew up around anti-gay sentiments, accusing him of gaslighting Lil Nas X and asking an ignorant question.
- Some specifically pointed to old homophobic jokes Hart has made as part of the reason why men are fearful to come out, while others said that Hart has apologized for the jokes and should be able to have discussions without having them brought up over and over.
Clip from “The Shop” Goes Viral
Comedian Kevin Hart is being accused of gaslighting Lil Nas X in a viral clip in which the two discuss homophobia and the singer’s decision to come out.
The two appeared on HBO’s The Shop on Tuesday night, a show produced by Lebron James’ digital media company Uninterrupted. They discussed several topics like mental health, and their careers in a barbershop setting along with the show’s creator Paul Rivera, Uninterrupted CEO Maverick Carter, New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love, Portland Trailblazers player CJ McCollum, and radio host Charlamagne tha God.
The viral clip in question began when Rivera turned to Lil Nas X to discuss his success and decision to come out over the summer.
“You felt it was important to make an announcement recently,” he said.
“He said he was gay,” Hart responded. “So what?”
“Who cares?” someone off-camera asks.
“It’s not about who cares. That’s actually my question,” Rivera said. “Why did he feel it was necessary to come out and say that?”
“It’s not that it’s, like, being forced,” the “Old Town Road” singer explained. “It’s just that knowing, like growing up, I’m growing up to hate this shit. I’m not supposed…”
“Hate what? Hate what?” Hart asked. “Why? Why are you growing up to hate?”
“Homosexuality, gay people,” Lil Nas X said. “Come on now, if you’re really from the hood, you know. For me, the ‘cool dude with the song’, on top of everything, to say this any other time, I’m doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you’re doing this while you’re at the top, you know it’s for real, and it’s showing it doesn’t really matter, I guess.”
Hart’s Past Comments
Hart has faced criticism in the past for making homophobic jokes, including one tweet in 2011 where he said if he ever saw his son playing with a dollhouse, he would hit him over the head with it and say, “stop that’s gay.”
Several of his past offensive jokes resurfaced at the end of 2018 when Hart was slated to host the Academy Awards. He initially refused to apologize for his remarks, saying he had acknowledged them in the past. The situation, however, ultimately ended with him bowing out of the role and issuing an apology.
Hart Receives Backlash
Watching the country-rapper explain to Hart why homophobia impacted his upbringing and choice to come out rubbed many the wrong way. One Twitter user compared the situation to having someone who stole something from you help to look for it.
Another brought up the joke Hart made about his son, saying that comments like these could be a part of why children experience homophobic thoughts.
Another suggested that instead of interrupting Lil Nas X, Hart should have just listened to what the artist had to say.
Others accused the comedian of gaslighting.
Users Defend Hart
Still, many came to Hart’s defense. One user shared a clip from later in the show where Hart addresses Lil Nas X again, trying to show that there was more to the story than what was seen in the viral clip.
“In no way, shape or form should you ever have to defend ‘but guys, this is what I am.’” Hart says. “That’s not it. It’s ‘guys, this is what I’m going to do.’”
Others brought up Hart’s apology and said he had changed since making those jokes.
Hart’s Recent Car Accident
Others also came to Hart’s defense from another angle. The Jumanji actor recently underwent surgery after a serious car accident that reportedly resulted in spinal fractures.
Many sent Hart well wishes online, while others joked about the injury. Some made memes implying they were laughing at the matter, while others said he deserved it for his comments.
Actor Terry Crews acknowledged these people, and told Us Weekly that he had Hart’s back.
“There were some people who weren’t so nice,” Crews said. “There were a lot of people that were happy he got into the accident. It made no sense to me, but that’s human nature. But I’m here to tell him and that’s why I wanted to say, ‘Hey, man. I’m here for you. I got your back.’”
Neither Lil Nas X or Hart have made comments about their discussion. The Washington Post said HBO directed them to Uninterrupted for a statement, but the company did not respond.
See what others are saying: (Washington Post) (Us Weekly) (A.V. Club)
Fire at Home Reportedly Owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z Under Arson Investigation
Officials said there were no injuries or evacuations during the fire, which was put out in around two hours.
Fire Breaks Out at Famed Couple’s Reported Residence
A Wednesday fire at a historic home in New Orleans, Louisiana believed to be owned by music titans Beyoncé and Jay-Z is being investigated as a possible arson.
On Thursday, a New Orleans Police Department spokesperson confirmed to multiple outlets that it had received a tip about a suspicious person in the area. Further details about the suspicious person and the cause of the fire have not been revealed.
Neighbors told local media that there is an unlocked gate on the property that outsiders sometimes use to gain entry.
Officials told The New York Post that it took 22 firefighters over two hours to extinguish the blaze, with no reported injuries or evacuations. The extent of the damage currently remains unclear, but a spokesperson told The Post that given the age of the residence, the situation could have been far more severe.
“If [the firefighters] didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse,” the spokesperson said. “It’s a historic home.”
About the Home
The building was first built in the Garden District neighborhood of the city in the 1920s as a church. It was later used as a ballet school and then became a high-end residence in 2000. Realtor.com says it is currently valued at $3 million.
The home was purchased in 2015 by Sugarcane Parkin LLC. According to The Washington Post, this company has the same registered address as other entities owned by Beyoncé. Sugarcane Parkin is also allegedly managed by Beyoncé’s mother, Celestine Lawson, better known as Tina Knowles.
Representatives for the “Lemonade” singer and her husband have not issued any public statements about the incident, nor have they confirmed that the home is owned by the couple.
In March of this year, storage units in Los Angeles belonging to Beyonce were burglarized. According to TMZ, over a million dollars of goods were stolen, including expensive dresses and handbags.
See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (The New York Post) (NOLA)
Cleveland’s Baseball Team Changes Name From Indians to Guardians
The move marks the team’s first name change since 1915, and it comes after decades of criticism from Native Americans.
Name Change Announced
Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team said Friday that it will change its name after the 2021 season from the Indians to the Guardians.
The team announced the name change with a just over two-minute video narrated by actor Tom Hanks.
“You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” Hanks says in the clip. “And now it’s time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team and this city.”
This marks the team’s first name change since 1915, and it comes after decades of criticism from Native Americans.
Despite long-running calls to change racist and offensive team names — including the Washington Redskins — such campaigns did not gain significant momentum until the nationwide racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd.
Officials behind the Cleveland team first pledged to change the name last year and previously removed the “Chief Wahoo” logo, a caricature of a Native American character, from its uniforms following the 2018 season.
It toyed with several options before ultimately landing on Guardians, which draws from Cleveland’s architectural history.
“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” team owner and chairman Paul Dolan said in a news release.
“Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.”
“‘Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”
Guardians will be the fifth name in franchise history, joining Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-14), and Indians (1915-2021).
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor Slams Megyn Kelly for “Bullying” Naomi Osaka
Editor M.J. Day said Kelly’s attacks against Osaka are “part of the problem” when it comes to mental health discussions.
Megyn Kelly and Naomi Osaka’s Heated Twitter Exchange
The editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue slammed former TV news anchor Megyn Kelly Tuesday for mocking cover model and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
“It’s such bullying and it’s so unnecessary,” editor M.J. Day told People Magazine’s “Every Day” podcast. “And [Osaka] did nothing wrong.”
Osaka made history Monday by becoming the first Haitian and Japanese woman on the cover of the iconic issue. The athlete has been making headlines over the last few months for speaking openly and vulnerably about her mental health. In the spring, she said she was not going to participate in French Open press events because of the toll it takes on her as an introvert who has struggled with depression. She later withdrew from the tournament after that choice sparked backlash and likewise opted out of Wimbledon to take some “personal” time.
Some — conservative pundits, in particular — slammed Osaka for stepping back from these roles because of her mental health, but still opting to work on other projects, including the release of a Barbie doll, a Netflix docuseries, and a handful of magazine covers. Kelly joined that bandwagon, noting that Osaka has been featured in the likes of Vogue and TIME.
“Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year,” Osaka tweeted in response, though she later deleted the post.
“Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan.”
M.J. Day Says Kelly is “Part of the Problem” With Mental Health Conversations
Kelly later tweeted that Osaka blocked her on Twitter, lashing out at the tennis champion for that decision as well.
People online have been largely defending Osaka and criticizing Kelly. Many argue that it is unfair for Kelly to attack a young woman who has been vocal about dealing with mental health issues; though it’s a practice the former Fox and NBC host has made a recent habit of, likewise attacking Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry.
Day said that remarks like Kelly’s are the reason it is so hard for people to have open and honest conversations about mental health.
“I’m like, ‘You know what, you’re journalists,’” Day added. “How about you do your job and you fact check instead of jumping all over this woman for attention, for ratings, for whatever it is that they’re doing? Which is, by the way, part of the problem. It’s part of the reason why mental health is such an issue.”
“How about we do our due diligence and make sure we know what the reality of a situation is before we come for people,” Day continued. “It broke my heart to see someone who is really living her life for the betterment of others while also trying to pursue her own passion.”
“Let her live. Let her make decisions for herself that protect her own wellbeing. It’s at no cost to anyone.”