President Trump’s supporters began threatening to boycott Kevin Hart after the comedian threw a couple jabs at the commander-in-chief during the 2018 MTV VMAs.
While presenting with “Night School” co-star Tiffany Haddish, Hart told the star-studded audience that in this venue they were “allowed to kneel,” referencing NFL players protesting during the national anthem. He continued: “You can do whatever you want, there’s no old white men to stop you.”
Hart, 39, then compared the unpredictable awards show, annually known for generating controversial moments, to Washington, D.C.
At the VMAs, “beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets,” Hart said. “It’s basically like a typical day at the White House. In your face Trump, suck it.”
Hart’s jab at the president instantly set Twitter on fire, with calls for a boycott rising from the right.
Twitter user @Lord_Oil predicted Hart’s downfall: “Kevin Hart, the decline starts now. Enjoy your night of sticking it to the man. It is all downhill from here.”
Another Twitter user chimed in: “Well Hollywood finally proved Kevin Hart is weak after all. They must have threatened his checkbook since he finally joined the ‘trash the President’ club. Sad”
@BobbyJColeJr1 expressed how “disappointed” they are with Hart: “I really didn’t think you were that type of person to speak bad about our president like you did tonight very disappointed.”
Another disappointed viewer imply said: “@Kevin Hart BLOCKED.”
Some viewers thanked Hart for his joke. @Macnme said, “Somebody had to speak the TRUTH. FINALLY.” The Twitter user added the hashtag, #freedomsmatter.
Hart wasn’t the only celeb to get political. During his performance, the rapper Logic was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing T-shirts that read, “We are all human beings,” to protest the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents after they crossed the border illegally.
Logic, best known for the suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255,” wore a T-shirt that read, “(Expletive) the wall.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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