Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped by The Breakfast Club on Friday morning (Sept. 6).
Buttigieg spoke to host Charlamagne Tha God about the recent controversy surrounding an exchange between Kevin Hart and Lil Nas X on the HBO series The Shop: Uninterrupted in which the pair discussed the "Panini" rapper's decision to come out.
"I think it was the fact that he found it necessary to interrupt Lil Nas X and jump in and let everybody know that he doesn’t care," Buttigieg said after Charlamagne asked why it was a problem if someone says they don't care who a man is sleeping with. "I don’t want to say that I know how this sounds to other people, but I will say that I know a lot of gay people that hear that, and hear something that might not be that different than what some folks hear when they hear somebody say ‘I don’t see color.’ Like, no, this is a thing! As much as we might want to believe that our marriages is going to be treated the exact same, and we just move through society like everybody else and we’re just living our lives…no, this is actually a thing. Kids are are putting bullets through their heads over this, right?"
The exchange came just days after a clip from Wednesday's episode of HBO show was posted in which Lil Nas discussed his decision to come out and Hart responded, "he said he was gay, so what?" then pressed the "Old Town Road" rapper about why he said he was "taught to hate that shit," referring to homosexuality. Hart, who suffered serious back injuries in a car crash in Malibu, California, on Sunday (Sept. 1), lost his gig as host of the 2019 Oscars after old homophobic jokes and tweets were resurfaced and his recent comments spurred social media allegations of gaslighting.
"What’s so impressive about what Lil Nas X is doing…I think he actually downplayed it a little bit," added Buttigieg. "Because he talked about doing this from a position of strength. And that was impressive. This moment when he’s blowing up he decides to do this. But, what he’s downplaying is — there’s a lot to lose, right? By doing that, at this moment. Because now he gets to talk about that whether he wanted to or not. Maybe he’d rather be talking about his music. He took that step and that took a lot of courage…and I think when somebody finds it necessary to wave their arms up and down, and jump up and down telling you how much this isn’t a thing for them, it makes you wonder whether they’re being honest with themselves."
Watch The Breakfast Club clip below (starting at 21:00).