Kevin Hart is responding to the backlash he and his wife, Eniko Hart, received for their year-old son’s “Cowboys and Indians” themed birthday party.
Kenzo celebrated his first birthday on November 21 and his parents went all out for his “Wild West” shindig.
Eniko shared a photo of the party with the caption:
Zos cowboys & indians party was nothing but amazing!
Thanks to everyone for coming..
we love you guys!♥
That’s when Mari Posa, an Indigenous feminist, took to Twitter and scolded the couple!
Throwin a "Cowboys & Indians" birthday party on "Thanksgiving" celebrates genocide, white supremacy, & slavery. R those the things u @KevinHart4real & @enikohart represent & are teaching to your child? Would it be ok to throw a Master & slave birthday party? nope #nativetwitter pic.twitter.com/AnrZNUn3jn
— Mx. Mariposa (They/Them) (@solomamihood) November 25, 2018
I find it interesting that almost every single tweet "defending" @KevinHart4real & @enikohart racially insensitive "cowboys and Indians" birthday kids party… is a trump supporter, MAGA, or alt right account… kevin & eniko… white supremacy and colonization is alive and real
— Mx. Mariposa (They/Them) (@solomamihood) November 26, 2018
Someone else chimed in to add:
To all the Black folks in this thread defending this party, the marginalization of one group ALWAYS leads to the marginalization of others. But if you're still cool with this, make sure to keep that same energy when you see a slave owners/slaves or Confederate/Yankees party…
— divaD (@ItsdivaD) November 27, 2018
Kevin addressed the backlash during his SiriusXM show “Straight from The Hart.”
The actor and comedian said the party was inspired by old western movies and in no way were they trying to be malicious.
He also pointed out it was the same day the Cowboys played the Redskins. Oookay…
Keep in mind, the same day the Cowboys played the Redskins on TV. It’s a very known fact.
The reason why I’m even bringing this dumb sh-t up is because it shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions. People are at a point of an all-time high.
I’m saying the battle that is ‘assumed’ because of the movies and because of everything they’ve seen, was because of the fights that were between the cowboys and the Indians.
So as a kid, when you played these games, it was based off of the premise from a hypothetical place that was put into perception for movies. So what I’m saying — this isn’t something that was just started.
This isn’t a racial slur that people are doing and being malicious with. This is a game that’s been played for years.
Your thoughts on this?