Popular Comedian May Have Alienated Scores of Fans with Dreadful VMA Trump Attack
He mostly stays away from politics (and reaps the benefits), but a performer rudely chose to blast the president Monday night
Comedian Kevin Hart (pictured above left) used his time on the VMAs stage Monday night to take multiple shots at President Donald Trump.
“This game you’re allowed to kneel,” Hart said while presenting a Video Music Award with Tiffany Haddish (above right), his co-star in the upcoming “Night School.”
The comedian seemed to be referring to the NFL athletes who kneel in protest during the national anthem — and the criticism they’ve gotten from the president.
“You can do whatever you want, there’s no old white men to stop you,” Hart, 39, continued from the stage.
The “Jumanji” star also said that the night of the awards show was similar to a typical day in the White House.
“Beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets,” Hart said bluntly. “It’s basically like a typical day at the White House. In your face, Trump — suck it,” he added harshly.
While it’s no surprise to see people at a Hollywood awards show go after the president, it’s shocking to see such an attack come from Hart — a comedian and actor who has remained mostly apolitical throughout his career.
“When you jump into that political realm, you’re alienating some of your audience,” Hart told Variety last year about his decision to stay away from politics and to remain a comedian with universal appeal.
He added, “The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about.”
The strategy of staying away from politics seemed to work well for his career, as he’s one of the few stars left who can still draw people to theaters.
So it will be interesting to see if Hart has, in his own words, “alienated” some of his audience by going political now. We shall see when his latest film “Night School” opens on September 28.
To see Hart’s digs at Trump during the VMAs, check out the video below: