Kevin Hart is singing a different tune about Starbucks after he was called out on social media for claiming the chain didn't deserve to be boycotted after two Black men were falsely accused of trespassing. The men were arrested in Philadelphia last week.
In his original post, the comedian said he wanted to "make one thing very clear" before stressing that Starbucks did not deserve to be boycotted for their racist practices.
"This is horrible management," he tweeted. "The manager on duty was wrong. It's that simple... That's who needs to take responsibility for this wrong doing."
The story comes in response to two Black men being arrested as they waited for their white colleague to arrive. An employee at the Philadelphia location called the police claiming the men were "trespassing."
Furthermore, despite the men not being arraigned and being released the following morning, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Richard Ross, went on Faceook Live to defend the officers who arrested them.
Several celebrities have called for a boycott of the coffee chain following the incident, but after Hart's defense, several people have decided to shun him. The comic replied, but only in defense of his original words, which made things worse.
Russell Simmons tried to sway Hart's reaction to the clearly racist debacle in a lengthy social media post, calling for him to back "Black Tuesday" and join the boycott against the chain.
"Dear @kevinhart4real we may need your help on Black Tuesday," he wrote in the now-deleted post. "We need to teach these companies to respect us and our buying power. LOVE YOU, no disrespect."
It seems as Simmons' words shifted Hart's perspective on the issue as he, soon after, took to Twitter, once again, to share that he is disappointed in the chain's handling of the situation.
He, however, continued to urge his followers to reflect on the number of non-white Starbucks employees who would be affected by a possible boycott:
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