Lil Nas X explains homophobia, importance of coming out to a confused Kevin Hart
Lil Nas X is receiving praise online for his graceful explanation of why he chose to come out when he did, while Kevin Hart is being accused of gaslighting in response.
Tuesday's episode of HBO's "The Shop: Uninterrupted" featured a star-studded conversation between Nas X, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Love, Charlamagne tha God and more. In a now viral clip from the episode, series writer Paul Rivera asked the "Old Town Road" overnight sensation why he felt it was important to come out at the peak of his success.
Kevin Hart then interrupted Rivera's question to say, "He said he was gay, so what?"
Lil Nas X began to answer the question, saying, "It’s not like I was being forced. It’s just like knowing growing up, I’m growing up to hate this shit. I’m not supposed to ever like this --"
Hart then interjected again to ask, "Hate what? Hate what?"
"Homosexuality. Gay people," the 20-year-old responded, before Hart interrupted again, asking incredulously, "Why? Why are you growing to hate it?"
Lil Nas X then patiently challenged Hart: "Come on, now. If you really from the hood, you know. You know it's not something --" as someone echoed him in the background, "Of course. It's a stigma!"
Lil Nas X continued, "If for me, the ‘cool dude with the song on top of everything,’ to say this at any other time, I’m doing this for attention ... But if you’re doing this while you’re at the top, you know it’s for real. It’s showing it doesn’t really matter, I guess.” The exchange can be watched below:
The young rapper is being lauded on Twitter for the poise he displayed during the encounter, and the ease with which he explained the importance of visibility in the LGBTQ+ community. Contrarily, many are criticizing Kevin Hart for gaslighting, and homophobia:
Kevin Hart was recently involved in a car accident, and has yet to respond to any criticism.