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Minerva's Breakdown: Hart of the Matter

"I believe in freedom of speech and I believe that comedy should be dangerous sometimes. Comedy has power. Laughing at our problems and pain can help us to heal."

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DEAR MINERVA,

I have had the pleasure of catching a few shows where you were doing stand-up comedy and I was wondering what you think of the whole Kevin Hart thing. My friends and I all have different opinions about it and I thought maybe you could give me some perspective.

-Sincerely, Curious in !A

DEAR 1A,

I believe in freedom of speech and I believe that comedy should be dangerous sometimes. Comedy has power. Laughing at our problems and pain can help us to heal. Comedy is not necessarily for everyone. Comedy confronts people's thoughts and challenges mindsets. I know that when I decide to watch a comedian that the intent is to induce laughter. Most entertainment is escapism. Comedians try very hard to create new material and it is one of the art forms where being prepared to flop is part of the gig. I don't know if Kevin Hart is homophobic, or if just his jokes are. Jokes about harming one's own children for perceived homosexuality just aren't funny. However, the problem doesn't end there. Those kinds of sentiments and actions still exist as a reality of many LGBTQ youth. At the end of the day, we choose what products to consume. Just as I don't consume products that promote the harming of people based on race, I won't consume products that promote harming LGBTQ people. That said, Kevin Hart and his $120 million net worth care not about my opinions on this subject. Therefore, I say, "Kevin who?"