Kevin Hart responds after receiving backlash for saying his daughter performed “hoe” behavior for talking to multiple guys that she was interested in during his stand-up, “Zero Fucks Given.”
Hart, 41, dropped his latest comedy special on Netflix, and since then, he’s been receiving some good and bad reviews. The new stand-up titled “Zero F*cks Given” is a project in which Hart details what he’s been up to amid quarantine and how life has been for him as a married man of now four children. While comedy tends to always straddle the fence of “going too far,” Hart found him in that place once again after people took issue with his bit about his daughter doing “hoe activity.”
In the bit, Hart recalls the time his teen daughter Heaven told him about three boys she was interested in. Hart says that as she lost interest in one, another beau would quickly catch her eye, and she’d be onto the next one. After finishing the story, Hart shares how he concludes that his daughter is acting like a “hoe” because of her decision to move on from one guy to another. “A week goes by, ‘Dad, I don’t like Rob no more.’ I like this boy named Tim.’ Instantly, in my mind, I said, ‘My daughter a ho. This is ho shit. This is ho shit. Hoe activity right in front of my face,’” Hart says in the standup.
This didn’t sit well with some, and eventually, people took to Twitter to call out the Philly native for making jokes that seemingly perpetuated misogyny and gender role double standards. “Kevin hart called his daughter a hoe for liking a different boy every week but has cheated on each of his wives multiple times…sir-if it’s one thing men will always have, it’s the audacity,” one person wrote on Twitter.
On Friday, Hart took to Instagram and shared his opinion on the backlash and opened up about a conversation that apparently took place on the up and coming social media app Clubhouse. “All right, guys, look. We gotta stop. We’ve got to stop with the false narrative,” Hart started.
“It’s a false narrative that’s being created. If you were in the Clubhouse and a part of the conversation, this wasn’t about Black women. It wasn’t about me going against..stop. A question was asked about the joke about my daughter and about me referencing my daughter having hoe-like activity. I gave an answer to it. Here’s what it is guys, I’m not calling my daughter a hoe. I’m saying what she did is hoe-like activity. I called three former hoes that I knew and asked them is this hoe-like activity,” said Hart.
He went on to talk about how there’s no way to market or promote due to the current pandemic. “I can go and do the talk show that I once did or go out and do the public stunts. I have no other way to market and promote except to go viral,” Hart said, alluding to the backlash he received for putting his infant daughter in a “Zero F*cks Given” onesie.
His explanation still didn’t sit well with critics. “So you mean to tell me kevin hart was on clubhouse calling all the black women in the chat hoes, doubling down on slut-shaming his 15-year-old daughter, talking over and gaslighting black women, defending r kelly and bill cosby, letting other men threaten black women, etc?,” said a Twitter user.
Another Twitter user wrote: “And then if someone calls his daughter a hoe in future or treats her degradingly, they’ll remind her that her father called her that first. Even as a teenager, imagine having your classmates remind you that your dad called you a hoe. Ani se, oponu ni Kevin Hart.”