Kevin Hart sometimes conflates “cancellation” with criticism of his work as the “comedians can’t be funny anymore” discussion continues online. I think celebrities who started in clubs have it tough because stand-up comedy is such a rarified world that requires an abundance of both ego and self-loathing. And when a comedian makes it (with a hit TV show or movie or Netflix deal or all of the above and more, like Kevin), the fame, social mobility, and money that come with it changes their life and their ability to write with the same level of intensity they had when they started out. Kevin Hart needs to be the underdog because it’s built into his ambition — telling himself that the world is against him, that his critics want to see him fail, that there’s this whole world stacked up against him gives him the motivation he needs to stay on top. Below Kevin’s tweets is a clip of Katt Williams speaking on the idea of cancel culture as it pertains to comedy, which is definitely worth a watch.
I got time today....— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
The â€œHeâ€™s not funnyâ€ slander is the best....this is for you. I have 3 stand up comedy specials that fall in the top 10 highest grossing comedy specials of all time....2 of my specials are in the top 3 of all time.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
I have also turned my comedic talent into a place of business and branding and radio and other revenue streams....The hate/slander fuels me to do more.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
You guys are what makes this business fun....because itâ€™s not about getting to the top....itâ€™s about doing your best to stay on top after you get there.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
I rarely talk shit....but I felt the need to today. Stop believing these headlines and read the actual articles.... you guys fall for the banana in the tail pipe trick every damn time.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
J Cole said it best â€œIf ur laughing at a millionaire the jokes on YOUâ€ .....Now back to ur regularly scheduled program. Live love and laugh!!!!— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) June 15, 2021
I love Katt Williams answer to cancel culture pic.twitter.com/T27nH7RsyN— Zach ðŸŒ (@NAACPYOUNGBOY) June 4, 2021
Sarah Silverman had Chris Rock on her podcast and posted this preview (this video is just the intro) and she explains the torture of starting from zero after every single special and risk disappointing your fans. She also sums the work up pretty succinctly: “We want to please strangers.”
Miranda Kerr threw a 90s party, but if I didn’t tell you that and you didn’t read the caption, would you know it was 90s? It doesn’t even look like a costume party really.
You know who does 90s really well? Addison Rae, who was born in 2000. We have to accept she has crossed over from TikTok to mainstream fame.
Speaking of TikTok, there’s a new fashion look inspired by a celebrity: Sandlercore. Baggy basketball shorts with Uggs? Let’s do it.
Ferrari had its first runway show in Italy as it moves from licensing the brand name to having a fashion arm. Who is going to be first celebrity to wear this - Drake or Bella Hadid.
Sarah’s review of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is an enjoyable to read (even if it was painful for her to watch). The first film earned a sequel because, as she pointed out, it was a rare box office win not tied into a reboot or comic book franchise or series. A quick Google search tells me Spy made more than The Hitman’s Bodyguard, so again I am forced to ask: Where is the Spy sequel??? (PS: Do you think Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham keep in touch? I do, I really do!)