For the social justice left, there can be no forgiveness. Once you run afoul of the permanently offended, all that’s left for you is ostracization as you wear your scarlet letter for life.
And God help you if you ever stick up for that person, even if you’re one of the most popular members of the left as Ellen DeGeneres found out recently.
The famous lesbian talk show host was none too pleased about the outrage surrounding comedian Kevin Hart’s comments about not wanting his son to turn out gay that were made years ago. Hart has repeatedly apologized for the comments, which were put back in the spotlight upon it being announced that he was going to host the upcoming Oscars.
The resulting backlash from the identitarians caused Hart to back out of hosting the Oscars, with Hart explaining that he’d rather not make the entire affair about him.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” Hart tweeted. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
One of the members of the LGBT community that sympathized with Hart, however, was DeGenenerous, who invited Hart on her show where he explained his mentality over canceling his Oscar hosting gig. After talking about how he’s not that man that he used to be, and that he’d rather not take away from the excitement of the actors who worked hard to achieve their award, DeGenerous chimed in.
“I think the night will be about you, and it should be about you,” said DeGenerous. “And you should host the Oscars, and I’m going to talk you into it.”
DeGeneres posted the clip from her show tweeting “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in [Kevin Hart].”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
Alls well should end well, here. Hart should host the Oscars with the support of people like DeGenerous and the LGBT community who have now forgiven him for his, frankly, innocuous comments and moved on, allowing everyone to have a good time.
The social justice-obsessed, however, isn’t going to let this go, however, and are now angry with DeGenerous for even being willing to forgive Hart and promote him. True to form, the hard left blue-checks took to Twitter to spew their venom in DeGeneres’s direction.
I feel like if you’re not homophobic anymore, you shouldn’t mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. I don’t want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn’t hear your meager apology the first time.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 4, 2019
Ellen’s show is basically the embodiment of respectability politics, so using it as a platform to absolve Kevin Hart on our behalf sounds pretty much on brand. Her sitcom allowed her to do something radical, which she suffered for, & she’s been running away from that ever since.
— Laurence Barber (@bortlb) January 4, 2019
I feel like you could probably count the number of gay male comedians (no, not gay actors) who’ve appeared on Ellen’s show on one hand. A gay stand-up is more likely to be on Ellen for making a coming out video that goes viral than for being funny and talented.
— Laurence Barber (@bortlb) January 4, 2019
this whole ellen/kevin hart thing is a perfect example of how privilege and constant praise distorts a person’s reality so much that they perceive any criticism, however valid, to be an attack on their entire livelihood
— ellie⁷ ☁️ (@eleanorbate) January 4, 2019
The only thing @KevinHart4real proved by going on Ellen was that he is a terrible actor with zero genuine remorse who didn’t have the decency to address his ignorance. No, they weren’t “haters” who came after you. It was the LGBTQI+ community because we’re sick to shit of it.
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) January 4, 2019
Hart was not railroaded out of a job. He was asked to apologize, He quit rather than do so. "The mob" did not make this mess. And Ellen DeGeneres saying, "Don't let those people win" is ugly. "Those people" are people who don't prioritize a celeb's hurt feelings above all else. >
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 4, 2019
Imagine being such a miserable person that you’re incapable of brushing an offense off your shoulder, and forgiveness is out of the question. The dark cloud of hate these people must live in has got to be earth-shatteringly horrific, but when you embrace this level of social justice chicanery this is the kind of misery you clothe yourself with.
I’m with DeGeneres in that Hart should host the Oscars. At this point, not hosting it is a cave to these kinds of miserable people, and I’d rather the trend not be humanity caving to the whims of the permanently offended.