Comedian Kevin Hart’s show in Cairo was abruptly canceled amidst a flurry of backlash from Egyptians after he reportedly claimed that ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were black. This incident has sparked a debate over historical accuracy and cultural sensitivity around the world.
Though it’s unclear where the statement originated, Hart reportedly stated that “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?”
This statement has been met with staunch opposition in Egypt, particularly on social media platforms such as Twitter. One user said Hart was promoting “Afrocentrism” and that it would lead to modern Egyptians feeling like they are being “occupied” by African people. They urged everyone to participate in the campaign to cancel Hart’s concert.
The objective of the Afrocentrist movement is to emphasize the contribution of black individuals to the formation of Western civilization and their significance in history. Nevertheless, Hart faced criticism from his opponents who accused him of misrepresenting historical facts and disregarding the Arabs’ connection to their country’s ancient past after Hart asserted that Black Africans were once rulers of Egypt.
Due to the outrage, Middle East Eye reported that the cancellation was due to “public pressure” and the impact that “controversial statements” from Hart had on national sentiment.
Earlier this year, new images of ancient Egyptian Pharoahs were created, revealing some of the most famous ancient leaders resemble their modern descendants.
Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II's 'handsome' face revealed in striking reconstruction https://t.co/WFPn2nN9En
— Live Science (@LiveScience) January 11, 2023
While Afrocentrism may be on the rise in the United States, the incident may serve as a reminder to American culture warriors that their view of the world may not be shared with the diverse cultures they claim to support in their daily politics.
March 3, 2023 at 9:50 am
The 25th dynasty (or Egypt’s 31 dynasties through history) was absolutely Nubian Pharaohs. That dynasty lasted less than a century, but there’s no question that the black Nubian Pharaohs did rule then. There’s even a case to be made, since Nubia (today’s Sudan) has more pyramids than Egypt, that possibly Egypt was mimicking what they saw in Nubia, instead of the other way around. So much of African culture was built of wood and foliage, leaving no evidence for archaeologists today. But the Great Zimbabwe is a walled city, with a palace and temples, proof of advanced society there that existed before the massive depopulation of Africa began with the Islamic invasion of slavers (in cooperation with the black African tribes that conducted the actual slaughter and kidnapping). The huge forges left ruins behind to prove black Africa was smelting iron 1,000 years before the Iron Age came to the rest of the world. Kevin Hart spoke the truth, but so much more to discover and say….
March 3, 2023 at 10:08 am
None of the textbooks in 11 years of teaching high school and university courses in World History had these facts. But I included them in my lesson plans because all my students (not just the black students) needed to know.
March 3, 2023 at 10:31 am
Black History Month? The only month I’m interested in is black history in the last month. Why don’t we all start there.
March 13, 2023 at 3:43 pm
Assault?, Murder? Rape? Robbery? Car Jacking? …Be specific.
For their 13% of the population blacks commit 6X more violet crime than whites.
Scott Adams is correct. “Get the HELL away from them!!”
March 3, 2023 at 11:04 am
They can’t take a yoke.
March 3, 2023 at 12:09 pm
I know more about the pharaohs now then who the heck is Kevin Hart. DNA should bear out who these old timers are unless pseudo science is interjected like Gore’s global warming fable.
March 3, 2023 at 4:25 pm
Likely some were black.
A. L. Arnold
March 5, 2023 at 7:13 am
Likely THEY were possibly Jewish and somewhat WHITE, and the One Drop RULE is applied is it not?
DNA should end this debate…. should it not?
March 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm
Egyptians were half black.