Celebrities are continuing to speak out about Bill Maher’s controversial joke from the most recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher”. One such celebrity is Kevin Hart.
During an interview with The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 on Tuesday, Hart spoke out on the Maher issue and defended the comedian. Hart criticized the joke for being tacky but said that he doesn’t think Maher is a racist.
“You can play the freedom of speech thing all you want. Ultimately, we know what we’re saying and we know the backlash that can come from it,” Hart said about a comedian’s right to free speech.
“I don’t think Bill Maher is a racist but that’s a bad judgment. It’s inappropriate and it’s not right. To say that and say that the way you said it, as comfortable as you said it, is wrong,” he said.
Maher used the N-word during his sit-down with Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n****r,” Maher said during Friday’s episode. Backlash ensued once his use of the word became known on social media.
Hart also got on the subject of Bill Cosby. Cosby is currently on trial for charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, and Hart is torn.
While he acknowledges what Cosby has done for comedy, he is aware it’s hard to support him, as this legal battle is hard to ignore. He also feels the trial tarnishes Cosby’s legacy.
“As a comedian, I can say that Bill Cosby has done so much for comedy. What is going on with him now is such a tough thing,” he said. “Without me knowing all the ins and outs of this case, it’s a tough position to stand in front of.”
You can watch the full interview above.