"When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect? Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don't understand."
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has made it clear that he is against cancel culture, saying that not everyone can be perfect all the time and say the right thing, especially when they were younger.
Speaking to The Sunday Times in an interview published over the past weekend, Hart delved deep into his opinion on the new phenomenon which happens all too frequently online.
The comic, who has a new Netflix movie releasing later this week, 'Fatherhood', said that even though it has happened to him "three or four times", he was "never bothered" by this modern ostracism.
He said he "personally doesn't give a sh*t" about it, continuing: "If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached. But when you just talk about… nonsense? When you're talking, 'Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!' Shut the f**k up! What are you talking about?"
In 2019, Kevin Hart was swept up in cancel culture ahead of his planned hosting of the Oscars ceremony. In unearthed tweets from his past, the comic had written words that were branded offensive to members of the LGBTQ+ community. He later apologised while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and stepped down from his Oscars hosting duties.
Continuing on the topic of cancel culture in his latest interview, Hart asked: "When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect? Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don't understand. I don't expect perfection from my kids. I don't expect it from my wife, friends, employees. Because, last I checked, the only way you grow up is from f**king up. I don't know a kid who hasn't f**ked up or done some dumb sh*t."
In relation to his previous homophobic tweets, Hart said people can "go ahead" and pull them up: "There is nothing I can do. You're looking at a younger version of myself.
"A comedian trying to be funny and, at that attempt, failing. Apologies were made. I understand now how it comes off. I look back and cringe. So it's growth. It's about growth."
Kevin Hart's 'Fatherhood' will premiere on Netflix this Friday, June 18.