• Kevin Hart said comedians just want people to laugh
  • Hart recalled that he had been canceled before
  • His new film, "Fatherhood," will release this Friday

Kevin Hart has opened up about one of the hot topics in Hollywood – "cancel culture." The stand-up comedian on Sunday said even he had been canceled 3-4 times previously.

Speaking with The Sunday Times, the 41-year-old comedian noted that he "personally doesn't give a s---" about cancel culture. However, he admitted that "If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely." The "Fatherhood" star added that "a consequence should be attached."

"But when you just talk about… nonsense? When you're talking, 'Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!' Shut the f--- up! What are you talking about?" he added.

Hart is one of the highest-earning stand-up comedians in the world. He stepped down from hosting the Oscars in 2018 after some of his old homophobic tweets resurfaced online. He later apologized to his fans for "hurting" them.

In the latest interview, the comedian recalled that he had been canceled multiple times before but it didn't "bother" him.

"When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect?" he said. "Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don't understand. I don't expect perfection from my kids. I don't expect it from my wife, friends, employees. Because, last I checked, the only way you grow up is from f---ing up. I don't know a kid who hasn't f---ed up or done some dumb s---."

The "Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle" star further noted that cancel culture was the reason why many comics weren't able to express themselves freely.

"You're thinking that things you say will come back and bite you on the a--," he said. "I can't be the comic today that I was when I got into this."

"We forgot comedians are going for the laugh," Hart explained. "You're not saying something to make people angry. That's not why I'm on stage. I'm trying to make you laugh and if I did not make you laugh I failed. That's my consequence."

Hart dropped his debut comedy special, titled "Kevin Hart: Zero F--ks Given" on Netflix in 2020. Besides his comedy shows, he will also appear in the Netflix family drama "Fatherhood," which is slated to release this Friday.

Actor Kevin Hart is among those dropping in on the not-so-secret startup audio social network Clubhouse
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