Kevin Hart’s Debut Egypt Show Cancelled After ‘Afrocentric’ Views Controversy
Middle East Monitor, February 20, 2023
US comedian Kevin Hart’s debut show in Egypt has been cancelled, following an outpouring of anger in the country over his past comments in support of Afrocentrism.
The movement seeks to promote the role Black people played in history and the creation of western civilisation. Hart’s critics, however, accused him of distorting history and robbing Arabs of their claim to the country’s ancient past saying he claimed that Black Africans were once the kings of Egypt.
”We must teach our children the true history of Black Africans when they were kings in Egypt and not just the era of slavery that is cemented by education in America. Do you remember the time when we were kings?” he allegedly stated, though its unclear where the remarks originated.
One Twitter user said Afrocentrists “want to steal and attribute Egypt’s civilization to Africans and tell modern Egyptians that we are occupying Egypt from them. We must all participate in the campaign to cancel Kevin’s concert.”
Many Egyptians also criticised Hart’s financial backing of an Afrocentric animation series by the company Black Sands Entertainment, which some have accused of “Blackwashing” ancient Egyptian history.