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Comedian Kevin Hart Explains Why He Won't Go After Trump In Routines

For comedians, it seems to be open season on President Donald Trump. Talk show hosts routinely shred Trump, devoting a portion to ridiculing the president's latest antics.

Actor Alec Baldwin has nailed Trump's mannerisms, including his pout, and often mocks the world leader in Saturday Night Live skits. It's almost hard not to joke about him, considering the current state of politics, for which Trump himself is largely responsible. Face it - Trump is an endless mine of gold for comics.

One comedian feels that politics don't need to be in his routine. He explained recently why he has yet to trash Trump - in public.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart, best known for his roles in movies like "Central Intelligence" and "The Wedding Ringer", as well as for his brilliant stand-up routines, recently explained why he hasn't joined the chorus of voices making jokes about the president.

He says he tries not to inject politics into his material and doesn't think it's smart to bash the president on stage.

The 37-year-old comedian explained to Variety, "When you jump into that political realm you’re alienating some of your audience."

Comedian Kathy Griffin recently found this out when she took her passionate dislike for Trump too far. Griffin participated in a photo shoot where she held up a blood decapitated head that looked eerily like the president. Griffin got backlash not just from conservatives, but from liberals and progressives as well.

"I went too far," Griffin admitted in an apology video posted just hours after the photo was released. By the end of the night, she had not only lost a portion of her fan base, but also her long-time gig of hosting New Year's Eve coverage on CNN.

Hart is trying to play it smart, but he also says there's another reason why he doesn't joke about politics. According to Variety, Hart says that there's nothing particularly funny about the state of the world right now.

"The world today, it’s really not a laughing matter. It’s serious. I don’t want to draw attention to things I don’t have nice things to say about,” he explained.

Hart’s convictions are refreshing at a time when the country is so politically divided. People are starting to express frustration about celebrities using their stage as a soapbox.

Someone buying a ticket for a concert or show is probably trying to get away from the harsh daily realities splashed across the headlines. Even when you agree with the celebrity’s perspective, it can become tiresome.

The average person doesn’t particularly enjoy being trapped and lectured by a wealthy, elite A-lister living in a bubble.

It’s good to know there is at least one comedian out there you can go see without worrying about politics and all the unpleasantness in the world being dumped on you. When Hart is in the house, just kick back, relax and enjoy… you’re in for a good time, not a political speech.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: YouTube, Adam Bielawski/Wikimedia, The White House, WestConn/Flickr

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