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Kevin Hart speaks out about cancel culture: 'Lose that attitude'

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Kevin Hart spoke out about Internet cancel culture after surviving a campaign on social media that called for the end of his career.

The 40-year-old comedian faced intense scrutiny and backlash after old homophobic tweets resurfaced online in 2019 just as he was supposed to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from the gig and didn't formally apologize at the time saying that he addressed those tweets many times before. Hart later said that he regretted how he handled the controversy.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Kevin Hart of 'Dave' speaks during the FX segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Kevin Hart of 'Dave' speaks during the FX segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

The "Jumanji" star opened up further in an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine‘s Instagram Live.

“You gotta get to a point where you become more realistic. What I mean about being realistic is: Nobody’s perfect, nobody’s going to be. We’re living in a time where we’re just expecting perfect, as if people don’t slip and fall down the steps, or everybody walks straight all the time," he said. "But you stumble … it’s weird to really hold people at a level that they never asked to be held at."

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Hart further explained, “If babies came out with all the knowledge, then what’s the point of going from age one through 21? You get to 21, and there’s a celebration of you now being an adult, because you spent those years being a kid, doing the things that a kid is supposed to do. So you can’t hold me accountable for things that I did as a kid that were childish behavior, at 21 when I’m now an adult…well from 21, to 31, I was a young adult, so I didn’t know what life was going to be like as an adult, so I messed up as a young adult.”

Having reflected on his behavior over the past few years, Hart said he believes people need second chances.

“We can’t be so persistent with the search to find and destroy. Although some things are warranted and I understand, it’s just us as people have got to be smart enough to go … you know what, whatever has happened, has happened, but people deserve a chance to move on," he said.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: Kevin Hart is honored with a Hand and Footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/FilmMagic) © 2019 FilmMagic HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: Kevin Hart is honored with a Hand and Footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/FilmMagic)

"Life isn’t over because people say it is, and that’s what’s been happening as of late. It’s like people determine when your end button is pushed, but that’s not how it works. We need to lose that attitude and feeling and let people grow. People love to talk s**t … people love to be negative, but guess what? They also love to be positive. But we only talk about the negative,” Hart continued.

The entertainer is currently expecting his second child, a baby girl, with wife Eniko Parrish. They already share a 2-year-old son named Kenzo and Hart also has two kids from a previous marriage: daughter Heaven and son Hendrix.

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