Kevin Hart spoke out against the criticism over his sons first birthday party Cowboys and Indians theme, calling critics ‘dumb’.
Critics blasted Kevin and Eniko Hart for throwing their son Kenzo Hart a birthday part based around cowboys and Indians.
Guests at the party posed with teepees and wore clothes in Native American prints. Critics said the portrayal of American colonization of the West was extremely insensitive.
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Hart addressed the issue on Wednesday while on his SiriusXM, Straight From the Hart.
He said, “She posts this picture, and the next day there’s a lot of flak. You know, I don’t go on this s**t, I don’t read none of that, so she tells me [about it].”
He explained, “She’s like, ‘Yo, come look at this dumb s**t on TMZ. People are complaining about the cowboys and Indians party, saying it’s insensitive.”
Hart said the criticisms were not important for him, and he felt they were very hypocritical.
The Jumanji actor said, “Keep in mind, the same day the Cowboys played the Redskins on TV. It’s a very known fact! The Redskins and Cowboys played the same day!”
He elaborated, “The reason why I’m even bringing this dumb s–t up is because it shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions. People are at a point of an all-time high. To throw racial judgment into the development of a 1-year-old’s birthday party where the theme is cowboys and Indians? It’s based around the outfits that are given to the young kids!”
Hart’s co hosts asked the 39 year old, “Somebody said, ‘What if next year somebody throw a slave owner and a slave party?'”
He said, “If you don’t think there’s neighborhoods where they play that game in certain white neighborhoods, then you’re a f**king idiot.”
He went on to say, “You don’t think they had dumbass games like that? As a kid, do we play cops and robbers? As a kid, did you play cowboys and Indians? When you were a child, if you go to stores, you go to look at paraphernalia. To be a cowboy, you’re buying boots, you’re buying a gun, you’re buying a hat. Some even had a lasso.”
His co hosts also tried to say that the criticism was not so much about the portrayal of cowboys but about the Indians, and the actor said it was all just based on what the kids saw in the movies.
He added, “As a kid, when you played these games, it was based off of the premise from a hypothetical place that was put into perception for movies. What I’m saying is this isn’t something that just started. This isn’t a racial slur that people are doing or being malicious with. This is a game that’s been played for years.”
Getting even angrier, he said, “I’m about to be 40 years old. I remember at the age of 6, 7, playing these dumbass games. I remember playing cops and robbers!”
Eniko has not commented on the entire situation so far.
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