This is also a good reminder to be wary of what you say online. Just because it so often feels like social media is yelling into the void and no one is listening, there are people out there. And sometimes if you say some shit, you’re going to get called out. Here’s the tweet that started it all.
The Ride Along 2 star and stand up comedian did not take particularly kindly to the insinuation that he only makes "stereotypical" movies. He even took some time out of his increasingly hectic schedule to respond with a bit of a Twitter rant.
When are black people going to stop being so hard on their own kind...We can't do better until we support each other https://t.co/nPC1MA273t— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
He took her, and others, to task for a lack of support, suggesting an approach to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.
From the movie business...Ex "Black Movies"....I make movies for everyone, I'm actually overseas promoting my movie on a international level— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
He also said that his movies aren’t just for black audiences, that he wants his movies to be for everyone. Part of his popularity is that Hart has appeared in a wide variety of roles and movies, costarring with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, like Will Ferrell and Dwayne Johnson.
I'm busting my ass so other actors of color can eventually get the title "Black Movie Category" removed from the projects that we do.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
And it sounds like he has hope for a future where movies are no longer so quickly categorized and stuffed into a particular niche, where people will go see a film, or not, based on it’s merits rather than a by a too-easy-to-apply label.
So @tashyonlaneigh I want u 2 realize that people with ur mindset & level of thinking are the reason why our movies get categorized— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
In the future @tashyonlaneigh I don't want 2 hear u complain about any of da problems that Black actors r havin Bcuz ur apart of the problem— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
Kevin Hart has been on a raging hot streak the last few years. Ride Along surprised a lot of people by earning $154 million at the box office, and the sequel opened earlier this month and won its opening weekend. He’s hosted awards shows and continues to play to sell out crowds doing stand up. Things are only looking up, as he will costar with Dwayne Johnson later this year in the action comedy Central Intelligence. And now we know not to cross Kevin Hart on Twitter, no matter who you are, because he will come at you hard.