The comedian is one of many celebrities who expressed well-wishes to Smollett, who stars on the FOX show Empire and is openly
“Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett
His comments did not go unnoticed by social media users, who felt that Hart’s comments weren’t genuine.
In December, Hart was selected to host the 91st Academy Awards but stepped down after being criticized for anti-gay tweets he made in 2010 and 2011. The actor said he apologized in the past for the remarks but would not do so again, and instead opted to drop out of the show. He has since apologized to the LGBTQ community.
The host of the podcast Keep It, Ira Madison III, responded to Hart’s tweet saying, “your funniest joke congrats,” prompting The Upside star to reply.
“I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heart felt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person. Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do…CHANGE!,” he wrote.
“I ‘harp’ because my community of black queer people
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.