Kevin Hart Reacts To Backlash From His Comments About Jussie Smollett’s Attack

Kevin Hart has responded to the backlash he’s received as a result of a social media post he directed to actor Jussie Smollett who was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime earlier this week.

The initial post was a photo of Smollett, who was allegedly beaten and placed in a noose, captioned with the following message:

“Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world? Why are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother.”

Hart’s post was immediately met with backlash as fellow celebs and fans slammed him for condemning the attack in the wake of his homophobic tweets.

Hart tweeted in response to one of the angry tweets, writing:

I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologised about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do…CHANGE!

Chicago Police have now released photos of two persons of interest in the targeted hate crime on the Empire star.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released an update on the case, revealing how investigators have acquired footage that could lead to the arrests of the Empire actor’s assailants.

“Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member,” Guglielmi tweeted alongside the photos of the figures, both wearing dark clothing, walking side-by-side.

“While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed.”