Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko Parrish caught plenty of heat from folks who were offended by their son’s birthday party theme. The couple showed off photos from the “Cowboys & Indians” themed birthday bash over the weekend and were instantly slammed for the insensitive theme.
Now, the comedian is firing back at his critics and proving that history is not his strong point.
“Keep in mind, the same day the Cowboys played the Redskins on TV. It’s a very known fact,” he said on his SiriusXM show, Straight from The Hart.
“The reason why I’m even bringing this dumb sh*t up is because it shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions. People are at a point of an all-time high.”
He continued to insist that the theme was based on movies and he wasn’t being malicious.
“I’m saying the battle that is ‘assumed’ because of the movies and because of everything they’ve seen, was because of the fights that were between the cowboys and the Indians. So as a kid, when you played these games, it was based off of the premise from a hypothetical place that was put into perception for movies,” he said. “So what I’m saying – this isn’t something that was just started. This isn’t a racial slur that people are doing and being malicious with. This is a game that’s been played for years…”
Ummm… what kind of foolery is this? Kevin Hart is either clueless or tone-deaf or both because even if one would like to accept his assertion that the theme is based off of movies, this movies are indeed based off of this country’s long and disgusting history of hunting down Native Americans and forcing them off of their own lands.
Some critics compared the party’s theme to someone thinking it’s OK to host a “Masters & Slaves” themed bash.
“So when ppl do blackface or dress as slave and owner for halloween ya cool with it? Yuuuuuup thats what i thought,” wrote @gymandtattooposts.
“So, it’s clear there are large similarities between blackface and playing Indian — both are intentional acts that draw upon stereotypes and a racist history to enact whiteness — but our Nation has created a narrative in which blackface=racist, while redface=normal,” wrote Adrienne K. on the website NativeAppropriations.
“Just because our national narrative and history has somehow normalized the phenomenon does not excuse its roots in the process of systematic erasure of the First Peoples from our homelands.”
Hart’s explanation would basically allow the culprits of such a party to justify it by saying the theme is based off of their love of Shirley Temple films. On no planet does Hart’s justification make any kind of sense or excuse him or his wife for promoting such an ugly and disturbing part of this nation’s history.