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Kevin Hart Criticized After Homophobia Conversation With Lil Nas X

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  • 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. 

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Netflix Reinstates Employee Who Crashed Director-Level Meeting After Criticizing Dave Chapelle

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Terra Field had publicly accused Chappelle of making transphobic remarks in his new stand-up special “The Closer” just days before she was suspended.


Netflix Reinstates Terra Field

Netflix reinstated a transgender employee who was critical of Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special after suspending her for attending a director-level meeting without an invitation. 

Terra Field tweeted on Tuesday that she was reinstated once the company determined “there was no ill-intent in” her decision to attend the meeting.

“I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I’m at,” she added. “At the very least, I feel vindicated.”

Field also shared an email Netflix sent her regarding her suspension being lifted. 

“Our investigation did not find that you joined the QBR meeting with any ill intent and that you genuinely didn’t think there was anything wrong with seeking access to this meeting,” the email said. “Additionally, when a Director shared the link it further supported that this was a meeting you could attend.”

Field’s suspension came just days after she tweeted a viral thread criticizing Chappelle’s latest program on Netflix, “The Closer.” She was one of many activists who claimed Chappelle’s set was transphobic and encouraged Netflix to take action. Field wrote that his comments attacked “the very validity of transness.” Netflix insisted those tweets had nothing to do with her suspension. 

Field reportedly attended the director-level meeting with two other employees who were also suspended. A spokesperson for Netflix told Deadline that those two staffers have likewise been reinstated and the company “will be distributing broader guidance about meetings and clarifying which are for which people.”

Netflix’s Response to Dave Chappelle Controversy

Netflix, for its part, has defended Chappelle and rejected calls to remove “The Closer” from the streaming service.

“It never feels good when people are hurting, especially our colleagues,” Netflix co-CEO Ted Srandos wrote in an internal memo. “You should also be aware that some talent may join third parties in asking us to remove the show in the coming days, which we are not going to do.”

“We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe The Closer crosses that line,” he added. “I recognize, however, that distinguishing between commentary and harm is hard, especially with stand-up comedy which exists to push boundaries. Some people find the art of stand-up to be mean spirited but our members enjoy it, and it’s an important part of our content offering.”

Among other things, Chappelle took time in his special to defend author J.K. Rowling, who previously faced backlash over a series of transphobic remarks she made. Chappelle said he agreed with Rowling.

“I’m team TERF,” he added. “I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact.”

Chappelle went on to make jokes about Caitlyn Jenner before comparing the genitalia of transgender women to Beyond and Impossible meat.

Many employees at Netflix are still frustrated with the way the platform has handled the controversy surrounding “The Closer.” According to The Verge, a trans employee resource group is planning a walkout on Oct. 20.

“Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter,” the group said in a memo. “And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and continually failing to create content that represents and uplifts Trans content. We can and must do better!”

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Lil Nas X and Bella Poarch May Have Abandoned Plans To Participate In TikTok NFT Program

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Lil Nas X’s TikTok NFT was scheduled to debut a week ago and is still not available to the public.


Creators Allegedly Leave TikTok’s NFT Program

Musicians Lil Nas X and Bella Poarch may have quietly exited TikTok’s new NFT collection, according to a report from Rolling Stone.

TikTok first announced the line, which is called “TikTok Top Moments,” at the end of September. It involves a series of creator-led NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which are unique and tradeable digital assets. TikTok’s NFTs can be purchased with the cryptocurrency Ethereum. According to a press release, the money will “largely go directly to the creators and NFT artists involved.”

TikTok said that creators like Poarch, Lil Nas X, Grimes, Curtis Roach, Brittany Broski, and more would be participating in the program. The company called NFTs an “empowerment tool” that will allow these creators to “be recognized and rewarded for their content.” It planned to debut the collection on Oct. 6 with Lil Nas X’s NFT, but that token has still not been made available. A source told Rolling Stone that it may never be released. 

NFT Rollout Described as “A Mess”

The outlet also reported that Poarch is “actively contemplating pulling out of the program due to worries about its execution.” According to Rolling Stone, three sources familiar with the rollout of the program have described it as “a challenge,” “a mess,” and “a complete joke.”

Those sources claimed that in order to secure Poarch’s initial participation, TikTok offered her marketing support worth potentially $4 million for her next release. The company also allegedly promised to use one of her songs in an end-of-year campaign. A spokesperson for TikTok, however, described these claims as “not accurate.”

Neither Poarch nor Lil Nas X has commented on their participation yet. Meanwhile, TikTok declined to answer Rolling Stone’s questions about the status of their NFTs. 

Some of TikTok’s announced NFTs have gone public, though. Throughout Tuesday, Roach’s “Bored in the House” video was up for auction on the platform Immutable. 

NFTs took the internet by storm in early 2021, but their popularity peaked in May and declined throughout the summer. Celebrities, tech moguls, and everyday people featured in viral memes have hopped on the trend and made millions doing so. 

According to Rolling Stone, TikTok has valued some of its own NFTs at $1 million. Now, it’s unclear if those tokens will ever hit the market.

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Ariana Grande, Bella Hadid, and Others Honor World Mental Health Day

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A slew of stars acknowledged the day by sharing personal stories and making hefty donations to organizations that offer mental health resources.


Celebrities Donate to Mental Health Organizations

Major celebrities honored World Mental Health Day on Sunday by speaking candidly about their mental health struggles and donating to nonprofits.

Singer Ariana Grande announced that she is donating $5 million worth of free therapy through the online counseling platform Better Help. The star previously partnered with the company over the summer to give $1 million in therapy to fans and opted to throw more money at the program following its success. 

“I acknowledge that there are very real barriers when it comes to accessing mental health resources, and while this is only one small gesture (and a much larger systemic problem remains) I wanted to do this again with @betterhelp in hopes of bringing access to a few more people and perhaps inspiring a few of you to try something new and prioritize your own healing,” Grande wrote on Instagram. 

Those interested can sign up for a free first month of Better Help and get an additional 15% off the second month. 

Model Bella Hadid also pledged to donate to mental health resources. She teamed up with the beverage company Kin Euphorics, which will donate 10% of its October sales to Gurls Talk, a nonprofit that gives adolescent girls a space to talk about mental health, along with various educational tools to aid those discussions. Hadid will match those donations.

“Dealing with mental illness for most of my life, bringing awareness to the education of mental health through my platform is something that I will continue to do until our mental is just as respected as our physical,” Hadid wrote. “I want everyone who struggles daily to know that you are not alone.”

Stars Share Resources and Personal Stories

Meanwhile, actress and singer Selena Gomez used her new makeup brand Rare Beauty to share statistics about the prevalence of mental illness and the efforts to combat it. The company, which has previously focused on several mental health initiatives, shared that just 1.3% of philanthropic investments go towards supporting mental health.

The company additionally cited information from an American Psychological Association report, which revealed that young people are particularly vulnerable to mental health struggles. It found that seven out of 10 Gen Z adults are more likely to report experiencing depression symptoms compared to other generations. 

Gomez shared Rare Beauty’s post to her own story as well. 

Singer Olivia Rodrigo similarly opened up about mental health and therapy during an interview with CBS that aired Sunday. In it, she said she has been in therapy since she was 16, which she believes has helped her both personally and professionally.

“That was a really big, life-changing moment,” she said. “I’ve learned so much about myself.” 

“I think there’s sometimes a stigma around it, too, like I was saying,” the singer continued. “Sometimes people are like, ‘Oh, you don’t need that. You have so much. Your life is so great. What are your problems?’ I think that’s definitely a thing that sometimes older people can do to younger people to kind of trivialize what they’re going through.” 

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