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Don Lemon urges Kevin Hart to be a better role model for black LGBTI youth

Don Lemon urges Kevin Hart to be a better role model for black LGBTI youth

Gay news anchor Don Lemon isn’t happy about how Kevin Hart is handling the controversy surrounding the Oscars.

At the end of last year, the Academy announced Hart as the Oscars 2019 host. But less than 24 hours after the announcement, previous homophobic tweets of his resurfaced online.

This then resulted in Hart refusing to apologize, then (kind of) apologizing and then stepping down as host.

It all seemed to die down, but yesterday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres invited Hart onto her show for an exclusive interview.

She urged him to reconsider taking the role.

Don Lemon reacts to Kevin Hart controversy

Then Don Lemon had something to say about it all.

‘This is something that’s important to me,’ Lemon started the news segment. ‘So can we talk about Kevin Hart?’

He then continued: ‘It’s important to me, it’s important to the LGBTQ community and it’s important to the black community and I am a member of both so I feel obligated to speak out on this issue.’

Lemon then aired clips of Hart’s previous stand up acts, where he jokes about ‘nipping in the bud’ gay moments from his kid.

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He also claimed Hart was trying to turn himself into the victim.

‘Kevin, if anything, this is the time to hear other people out,’ Lemon said. ‘I don’t see any meaningful outreach to the LGBT community.

‘Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the whole world, can be a leader. He can help change homophobia in the black community.’

He then said he and his team could not actually find any past examples of Hart directly apologizing for his previous tweets.

Lemon also said 44% of homeless youth are black. He then said black LGBTI youth need to know that they have value and that it’s OK to be who they are.

He doesn’t know what it’s like to be white and a lesbian, but he said it’s time for Hart to stand up and make sure black families know homophobia is not OK.

Watch the full segment:

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