The Ride Along 2 star fired off a series responses after a Twitter user tweeted at him on Thursday, "When are black celebs like @KevinHart4real & @MarlonWayans gonna stop doing stereotypical movies?"
Hart responded with a series of tweets explaining his point of view on the subject:
When are black people going to stop being so hard on their own kind...We can't do better until we support each other https://t.co/nPC1MA273t— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
From the movie business...Ex "Black Movies"....I make movies for everyone, I'm actually overseas promoting my movie on a international level— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
I'm busting my ass so other actors of color can eventually get the title "Black Movie Category" removed from the projects that we do.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
So @tashyonlaneigh I want u 2 realize that people with ur mindset & level of thinking are the reason why our movies get categorized— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
In the future @tashyonlaneigh I don't want 2 hear u complain about any of da problems that Black actors r havin Bcuz ur apart of the problem— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 28, 2016
Marlon Wayans, whose new parody film, Fifty Shades of Black hits theaters Friday, also defended his work in response to Laneigh's original tweet:
@tashyonlaneigh when u stop being prejudice. Go see it, then ask the question— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) January 28, 2016
The conversation comes in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which has quickly evolved into a larger discussion about race in Hollywood. After no black actors were nominated for an Oscar for the second year in a row, many stars, like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, have decided to skip the award show. Others, like 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, believe the real issue behind the snubs is a systematic problem in Hollywood.
"One could talk about percentages of certain people who are Academy members and the demographics and so forth, but the real issue is movies being made," McQueen told The Guardian. "Decisions being made by heads of studios, TV companies and cable companies about what is and is not being made. That is the start. That is the root of the problem."
Hart, meanwhile, is scheduled to be a presenter at the Academy Awards, on Feb. 28.