Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hart’s ‘Get Hard’ Jokes while Black America Pays Price for Mass Incarceration

*Outspoken LA attorney Antonio Moore has seen the posters for the new Kevin Hart Will Ferrell film “Get Hard” and in light of what’s happening to black males at the hands of the criminal justice system, he doesn’t like what he sees and he has a something to say about it.

get hard (big poster)

Antonio Moore:

Hollywood has chosen to make light of mass incarceration rather than confront it with serious content.

Most recently, we see an example of this in the upcoming film starring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell entitled “Get Hard.”

The headlining image of the film shows Hart seemingly corn-rowing Ferrell’s hair, and just as odd is the statement that reads “An education in incarceration.”

Even further looking closely at the placement of Hart’s hands and the rings around his sweater, he discreetly appears to be in handcuffs. These are the messages that are often hidden in the media.

America has made a joke out of the plight of a generation. But why wouldn’t this happen, when incarceration has been largely isolated as a cost borne by young Blacks? So, while everyone laughs, a few pay the real cost for this dangerous satire.

This is the backdrop of the recent findings by the Department of Justice of racial discriminatory practices executed by the police in Ferguson, the creation of an alternate world of criminality occupied by Black America. A world where courts give you tickets, then move the courthouse, and arrest you for not showing up on your scheduled date. A world where prison rape is not just an issue to be made a joke, but also a sad reality. A world where life is governed by steel bars blocking the escape of all who are trapped, rather than being ruled by the openness required to foster dreams.

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles I saw the devastating impact of mass incarceration first hand. As Ronald Reagan took office in the early 1980’s, and private prisons took hold of our nation, prison quickly became a rite of passage for so many young black males. Black America grew largely numb to the reality that imprisonment should be an incident experienced by families in rare occasion, if ever. As a former prosecutor in the same city my visual on the issue expanded as I saw first hand the harsh reality of crime’s impact on family structure. Single mothers, parolees and probation officers, became as normal as Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday for too many in black America. Places like Ferguson popped up across the nation, areas where criminality filled the coffers of cities that operated as though black lives only mattered for their economic bottom line. Along with this new normalcy media content started to reflect mass incarceration’s devastating effects as a common way of life. It became a joking matter, rather than a serious civil rights issue. No matter how common, it remains dysfunctional. As I showed in my piece The Black Male Incarceration Problem Is Real and It’s Catastrophic”  “there are more African American men incarcerated in the U.S. than the total prison populations in India, Argentina, Canada, Lebanon, Japan, Germany, Finland, Israel and England combined.” Together the aforementioned 9 countries represent more than 1.5 billion people, in comparison there are only around 18.5 million black males in the United States. 

Black Male Incarceration Problem is Real and Catastrophic Huffington Post by Antonio Moore
Incarcerated Black America: Past, Present and Future – Where do we go from here? MSNBC TheGrio by Antonio Moore

Below, Antonio Moore speaks with Dr. Boyce Watkins on the issue:

Antonio Moore  graduated from UCLA in 2002, and Loyola Law School in 2006. He is a former Los Angeles County Prosecutor. He is now a practicing Los Angeles based entertainment attorney with several celebrity clients. In recent years he worked as a producer on the documentary on the Iran Contra, Crack Cocaine Epidemic & Mass Incarceration “Crack in the System presented by Al Jazeera”.
Moore is also an active member of the Urban League Young Professionals. Contact: Facebook and Instagram.

 

Kevin Hart’s ‘Get Hard’ Jokes while Black Males Pay Price for Mass Incarceration

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11 COMMENTS

  1. It’s quite obvious that Kevin Hart has literally allowed himself to continued to be exploited and perpetuate negative stereotypes about Black men. In fact, his behavior is akin to a “Zip Coon” along with Al Jolson (birth name ‘Asa Yoelson’) in the 21st century. Yes, entertainers have the right to decide what particular roles he/she take on any given project. However, for Black entertainers it’s slightly different because Black entertainers are generally relegated to the stereotypical negative roles as compared White entertainers who have an abundance of various roles.

    In other words, Black entertainers who continue to perpetuate this type of visual, acoustical, and print imagery in any capacity should “OSTRACIZED” (e.g., not supported) by the Black community until they publicly apologize for their behavior. Unfortunately we have millions of Black people who have been socially engineered to be a “non-people” or “all things for everybody” while every other group is fiscally, politically, educationally, psychologically, physically, and CULTURALLY exploiting “us” all the way to the bank.

    In fairness to Mr. Hart, he’s not the only so-called Black entertainer whose placating to the Zionists who control Hollywood (see “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood”(Gabler, 1989) for further clarification).

    • Well let me say this. This is a comedic movie and this guy is a comidian. He is not a platform of social reform, he entertains, thats what he does. Go talk to will smith, denzel washington, or don chito. Damn wtf.

      • You don’t make movies about the holocaust, slavery or civil rights. The same is true for mass incarceration. He has a right to make a movie on all four and we should boycott all four and not support it with our money.

        Prison for black people isn’t a comedic movie it’s an extension of oppression that has destroyed there families and lives

  2. Lighten up Mr Moore!

    Kevin Hart is just a top comedian who’s box office hot right now, and he’s starring in a comedy film! That’s it. If you’re expecting a serious film that addresses social change, I recommend ‘Selma!’

    I guess there was law enforcement out there who publicly complained about Hart’s film ‘Ride Along,’ screaming how “police officers put their lives on the line, and making a comedy demeaning officers & their work is totally disrespectful!”

    Moore is using the comedy ‘Get Hard’ as a tool to point out the fact that’s there’s a problem with Black men and incarceration, but the film is simply a slapstick comedy geared towards teens & young adults. If I watch it, it’ll probably be when it comes on cable, but I’m sure my 19 year old will pay to see when it hits the theaters, and me trying to convince him not to support the film because it’s lampoons the serious nature of prison life will surely go in one ear and out the other!

    • Lighten Up? You tell that to the young black boy with no father in Ferguson for traffic tickets aggregating with a low level drug offense leading to a long jail sentence. Your kids are apathetic to prison because you allow them to see this, there’s no excuse for that behavior on your part as a guiding parent. blacks need to demand respect…

  3. Maybe if black people didn’t commit the crimes, they wouldn’t be incarcerated. I know there’s all kinds of ways to muddy the water and make the issue seem like it’s a great social injustice that you’re more likely to go to prison if you’re black than white, but guess what? You are far more likely to go to prison if you’re black, white, asian, native American or whatever when you murder, steal, sell illegal drugs, manufacture illegal drugs, buy and sell stolen weapons, assault people, rape people or try to fight with police instead of obeying lawful orders.

    • He said 800,000 black men, more than nine countries represenenting 1.5 billion people… thats not a number of prisoners that results from those crimes alone, violent crimes might be 100,000 of the 800,000. Your speaking from a place of ignorance… Do more research…

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