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In an emotional segment on CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon shared his thoughts on the uproar surrounding Kevin Hart and the Oscars.
Lemon, who is openly gay, addressed Hart directly, saying, “Kevin, if anything this is the time to hear other people out, to hear why they might have been offended. I don’t see any meaningful outreach to the community…. and now you want the conversation to end.” Lemon added that, for many people, the apologies Hart has given have fallen flat. “To many they seem insincere, and that he has somehow turned himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.”
“Walking away right now, that is your choice, but many of us need to keep the conversation going,” he added. “It’s life or death. Someone like Kevin Hart can be a leader — the ultimate change agent — he can help change homophobia in the black community.”
His comments came after Hart was interviewed by fellow comedian and former Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, during which she defended his position and suggested he has apologized enough for the anti-gay tweets that caused mass controversy and resulted in Hart stepping down from the hosting role.
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