August 21, 2018
Kevin Hart hosted the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night alongside comedian Tiffany Haddish and he may be regretting some of his words this morning.
Based on social media reactions, some think the duo was a big flop. Admittedly, Haddish couldn't say Camila Cabello's name (even though she was nominated for five VMAs and won Best Video), she called out Cabello's drama with Fifth Harmony, and so many of their jokes did not land.
But Hart is getting the most flack for some of the political comments he made during the opening monologue.
First, he said anyone could kneel during the awards show, referring to the ongoing political debate about players taking a knee during the national anthem as a form of protest.
"Do not worry, because at this game you guys are allowed to kneel," Hart said.
"You can do whatever the hell you want. There's no old, white man that can stop you. Do it!"
Then, he compared the awards show to the White House, saying, "You never know what's gonna happen at the VMAs. Beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom to send out crazy tweets. It's basically like a typical day in the White House."
And he ended with a cringe-worthy gem: "In your face Trump, suck it!"
You can watch the entire opening monologue here.
Then people got really mad.
Will not be watching you anymore. You should have kept your big mouth shut about Trump. #boycottkevinhart— Sabrina Toomey (@Jorina1964) August 21, 2018
#kevinhart you just lost a LOT of fans. Not smart little guy!— Maggie Coggswell (@MaggieCoggswell) August 21, 2018
So disappointed Kevin Hart !! Thought you had more class then that !’ Very disrespectful !! Right up there with Robert DeNiro !! No more Kevin Hart for me !! P.S. can the award shows just be about the awards please !!— lilteen (@MariaMoorehous3) August 21, 2018
Kevin Hart is another Hater. Get over yurself LOSER!!!!— frank (@vanman5300) August 21, 2018
Boycott all his movies— Shawn (@Shawn28881464) August 21, 2018
Neither the president, nor Hart, have responded to any of the backlash. To be continued.