Thanks for calling me “young,” Sean. But I think you may have missed the point of my article. You seem to be placing the onus for redemption on the wrong side. It’s not just about forgiveness or just about apologizing. There has to be actions to back up the words. Kevin Hart has had EIGHT years to show he’s a changed man, and he did nothing. In fact, as recently as 2015, he was still making stupid gay jokes in the movie Get Hard. If he were truly changed, he would not have just dismissed the community as being negative while raving about how much he loves the man he’s becoming. As for Roseanne, whom I’ve both defended and called out, she blundered post-apology for the reasons I pointed out. In a nutshell, I’m less interested in the words “I’m sorry” than I am in what you do to prove it. To me, that’s a far more interesting response than “ignoring him” or placating him, as you suggest.

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