Get Hard Director Defends Claims That The Comedy's Too Racist

March 17, 2015 2:57 PM

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Get Hard Director Defends Claims That The Comedy's Too Racist

By design, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s new comedy Get Hard is racist. Stop for one second and think about the plot. A clueless white executive (Ferrell), upon learning that he’s going to prison, hires a random black man (Hart) to train him on how to survive behind bars. Forget the fact that Hart’s character has never served time. But after the film’s World Premiere in SXSW, the audience had hard questions about the opinions in Get Hard, and director Etan Cohen stood his ground.

Here’s where Etan Cohen and I slightly disagree. I like to believe that comedy can and should go anywhere… everywhere, even. Humor often can be used as an outstanding tool for diffusing complicated subject matters. The difficulty often lies in finding a line that’s acceptable, but you almost have to...

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