Comedic Actor Removes Social Media Promo for New Movie Following Angry Comments About Israel
A social media post by Kevin Hart about the release of his latest movie in a number of countries abroad, including Israel, was removed by the American actor, apparently due to the angry comments he received from followers, pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Monday.
The message in question – with an attached video clip — which was tweeted and posted on Instagram on January 21, was encouraging audiences to see the action comedy film “Ride Along 2,” directed by Tim Story and starring Hart, Ice Cube, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill and Tika Sumpter.
The message read: “Let’s goooo…Germany, Hungry [sic], Israel, & Malaysia!!!!!Get up & get out & go see ‘Ride Along 2’ TODAY DAMN….”
Elder of Ziyon claimed that negative responses – such as one from @tzh14 saying that he loves Hart but “because [of] Israel, I will unfollow you” – seem to have been enough to cause Hart to delete his post. This, wrote Elder, is in spite of the comment from a friendly follower (@NickAAWood) who retweeted Hart’s message and wrote: “Kevin Hart…Just…Kevin Hart!”
Once the post was removed, Hart received praise for taking it down from @yasminedjed:“If you took down that video where you said Israel, then I have more respect then [sic] anyone in the world right now! Props to you for standing up for people and admitting your [sic] wrong. Props to you to [sic] listening to the majority of your fans!! It’s Palestine baby not Israel!”