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Kevin Hart defends son's cowboys-and-Indians birthday party: 'This isn't a racial slur'

Raechal Shewfelt
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Kevin Hart is not backing down from his defense of giving 1-year-old son Kenzo a cowboys-and-Indians-themed birthday party earlier this month.

He addressed the backlash he faced on Wednesday on his SiriusXM show, “Straight from the Hart,” and let’s just say he didn’t apologize to those who felt the party was culturally insensitive.

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Instead, he argued that he’d played the game when he was growing up.

“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,” Hart said. “What I’m saying is this isn’t something that just started. This isn’t a racial slur that people are doing or being malicious with. This is a game that’s been played for years.”

He also described how he came across the negative comments, through the help of his wife, Eniko Parrish.

“She posts this picture, and the next day there’s a lot of flak,” Hart said. “You know, I don’t go on this s***; I don’t read none of that, so she tells me. She’s like, ‘Yo, come look at this dumb s*** on TMZ. People are complaining about the cowboys-and-Indians party, saying it’s insensitive.’”

Hart added that the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins happened to be playing the same day as the party.

“The reason why I’m even bringing this dumb s*** up is because it shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions,” Hart said. “People are at a point of an all-time high. To throw racial judgment into the development of a 1-year-old’s birthday party where the theme is cowboys and Indians? It’s based around the outfits that are given to the young kids!”

Then a co-host pointed to a comment equating the party theme to one based on the relationship between slaves and slave owners.

“If you don’t think there’s neighborhoods where they play that game in certain white neighborhoods, then you’re a f***ing idiot,” Hart answered. “You don’t think they had dumbass games like that? As a kid, do we play cops and robbers? As a kid, did you play cowboys and Indians? When you were a child, if you go to stores, you go to look at paraphernalia. To be a cowboy, you’re buying boots, you’re buying a gun, you’re buying a hat. Some even had a lasso.”

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