“I stand with a man in his time of hurt and need by giving him heartfelt support and u take the time to harp on my 10yr past that I have apologized about and moved on from by being a better person,” Hart wrote on Twitter Wednesday of Smollett who was the victim of an apparent hate crime Early Tuesday morning.
“Do you want change? If so I am an example of what u want people to do… CHANGE!” Hart added.
The criticism of Hart’s message to Smollett, in which he questioned “WTF is going on [in] the world?”, was in response to the comedian’s past homophobic tweets that resurfaced last month and caused him to step down from hosting the Oscars.
A number of social media users pointed to the attack on Smollett as an example of why Hart’s past controversial jokes and statements were so hurtful to the LGBTQ community.
“This is why someone’s jokes about beating their gay son were never funny,” wrote TV writer Ira Madison III in reference to a comment Hart made about hitting his son over the head with his daughter’s dollhouse if he plays with it. Hart has recently apologized for his past comments.
“Do you see why the jokes weren’t funny now?” wrote another Twitter user. At around 2 a.m. local time in Chicago on Tuesday, Smollett went to the hospital.