Actor Terry Crews has weighed in on the controversy surrounding his friend, Kevin Hart.
Crews, who is known for his roles in TV show Brooklyn 99 and The Expendables film series, spoke about comedian Hart’s response after it was revealed he had posted homophobic tweets ten years ago.
Hart dropped out of Oscar hosting duties after the tweets triggered public backlash.
Speaking with Buzzfeed AM to PM, Crews said he was sympathetic to what his friend was going through.
But Crews also said that being so defensive did not help matters.
“He feels like he’s being attacked, but the truth is he’s not.” @terrycrews says Kevin Hart needs to acknowledge the pain of other people pic.twitter.com/CCGklptYEJ
— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) January 10, 2019
‘The truth is, Kevin, you’re not being attacked.’
Crews said that he recognised acting in a defensive manner when feeling threatened, likening it to arguing with his wife.
‘Then all of a sudden you can get hardened,’ Crews said.
He went on to say that Hart should learn to listen more and acknowledge what people are saying.
‘But the hard part is when you put down the defenses and you say, “Wait a minute, I’m not listening.” He feels like he’s being attacked. But the truth is, he’s not,’ Crews said.
‘The truth is, Kevin, you’re not being attacked. The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people. That’s all anybody’s asking for. That’s it,’ he added.
Having apologised a number times while the controversy was ongoing, earlier this week Hart had said he was ‘over’ the controversy surrounding his tweets .
Crews is far from the first person to speak up about Hart’s tweets and Oscar duties.
Ellen DeGeneres spoke to Hart on her talk show last week, saying she believed in forgiveness and that the Academy should reinstate Hart as Oscars host.
I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real . pic.twitter.com/oJxfGXhU4P
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
In response, CNN anchor Don Lemon called on Hart to ‘be a better role model to black LGBT youths’ in an almost 10-minute segment during CNN Tonight .
Saturday Night Live alumni Michael Che was one of the comedians who came to the defense of Hart . Actor and comedian Billy Eichner had suggested ‘toxic masculinity’ was at play before reaffirming his support for LGBTI representation .
Hart’s dropping out as the Oscar host has also caused headlines, with the organizers struggling to find a replacement to step in to fill his shoes.
Lists of possible LGBTI candidates have begun circulating .