Before Lil Nas X could offer an explanation, Hart chimed in to ask: "He said he was gay, so what?"
The rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, was then asked why he felt it was necessary to publicly reveal his sexuality. Lil Nas X told the group of men which included Hart and athletes Rob Gronkowski and Kevin Love among others, that growing up he was taught to "hate" homosexuality.
"Why you growing up to hate it?" Hart asked the rapper.
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"C'mon now. If you really from the hood, you know," Lil Nas X responded, referring to the stigma against homosexuality in the black community.
The rapper then explained that he chose to come out because he was already at the top of his game and had nothing to gain from it.
"If you're doing this while you're at the top, you know it's for real and it's showing it doesn't really matter," he said.
Hart's comments as Lil Nas X tried to share his story angered many people on social media, some of whom accused the comedian of being dismissive or gaslighting the rapper.
Kevin Hart acting like he doesn’t know why Lil Nas X would be scared to come out is like someone who stole the thing you lost helping you look for it. https://t.co/ZmfRNMktel
"He said he was gay. So what!" Kevin Hart knows exactly what the "so what" is here and why a young black boy would closet his sexuality until he believed it was safe. Why not simply listen, give @LilNasX the space and deference to tell his own story... https://t.co/8nY9cHPftP
Kevin Hart really tried to sit here & gaslight Lil Nas as if he didn’t understand why coming out as a Gay Black Man with a #1 isn’t monumental. Same man who’s a homophobe. Knowing our community are huge hypocrites w/ homophobia but hate oppression. His mind twisted like his back. https://t.co/tXNAf5Mn8o
I respect lil Nas x for not launching Kevin Hart across the room. How are you going to act like homophobia in the black community doesn't exist when you dropped out of hosting the Oscars last year because you were being homophobic https://t.co/kiAWer4u4x