The recent news that Jussie Smollett was targeted in a homophobic and racially motivated attack continues to anger the Black community and — on a more concentrated level — Black queer community. As a result of this, several celebrities from each have voiced their disgust over the incident.
To the surprise of many, particularly those of the latter group, Kevin Hart, who made it known that he has no interest in being an ally to the LGBTQ community, was among those outraged by the news. However, his words of "encouragement" weren't received with open arms.
As previously reported, Smollett was brutally attacked in the wee hours of Tuesday morning while leaving a Subway restaurant in Chicago.
The Chicago Police Department is dubbing the incident a hate crime, as the Empire star, who openly identifies as gay, was approached by two men in ski masks who put a noose around his neck, began beating him and threw an unknown chemical substance rumored to be bleach onto his body. Further proving that the attack was racially motivated, they reportedly yelled, "This is MAGA country," during the attack.
The attack was also thought to have been premeditated and wildly homophobic as the actor reportedly received a cut-out letter, dated January 18, with the words, "You will die you Black f*g," spelled out.
In response to the terrifying attack, Hart, who has been embroiled in a seemingly ongoing public tug-of-war stemming from his past homophobic comments, took to Twitter to extend his support to Smollett:
He also posted the message to Instagram, completed with a photo of the actor:
Not done showing that he's "all about love," the comedian further expounded on his sentiment in another tweet where he "challenged the rest of the world" to spread love:
However, the Night School star's sudden campaign for world peace left many feeling confused as he, just a couple of months ago, expressed his refusal to apologize for his past comments that directly hurt the community that Smollett is proudly a part of.
See the outpouring of tweets that almost unanimously urged the comedian to have a seat, below:
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