January 30, 2019 at 3:28 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Kevin Hart blasted for telling Jussie Smollett to ‘stand strong’
Kevin Hart. (Photo Facebook)

Comedian Kevin Hart sent a supportive message to “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was verbally and physically attacked on Tuesday in a suspected hate crime, but some people thought the message was hypocritical.

“This is unbelievably sad,” Hart posted on Instagram “Why are we going backward… this is disgusting. WTF is going on [in] 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 well wishes came across as ironic for some people as Hart recently stepped down from his Oscars hosting gig after facing backlash for past homophobic jokes. In a couple of the jokes, the punchline was that he would beat his son if he was gay.

Ellen DeGeneres also offered words of support to Smollett but her past support of Hart overshadowed her message for some people. Smollett publicly came out as gay on her show in 2015.

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