“Pose” Star Indya Moore Called “Pussy” by Comedian in Twitter War Over Kevin Hart

"Comedy is a excruciatingly poor justification for being a bigot," the trans actor told D.L. Hughley.

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Trans actor Indya Moore, who plays Angel in the groundbreaking Golden Globe-nominated series Pose, went into battle mode Friday after comedian D.L. Hughley publicly defended Kevin Hart.

Hart stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards this week amid backlash surrounding his homophobic Twitter history. The entertainer repeatedly made anti-gay comments in a series of now-deleted tweets between 2009 and 2011, even threatening his son with violence if he caught him playing with dolls, and insulted various celebrities by calling them “gay” or “fag.”

“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart posted on social media. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so.”

“I think jokes are jokes and no one is above them nothing more nothing less,” Hughley tweeted. Responding to Moore calling out his uninformed bias, the comic added, “I could give less than a damn what you think if u don’t dig it don’t listen! But I’d never apologize for a joke.”

“Comedy is a excruciatingly poor justification for being a bigot,” Moore tweeted. “I make people laugh all the time without making fun of other people.”

Moore went on to describe the feeling of being laughed at in the classroom for being perceived as different, adding, “the only difference between you and the bully that made me the laughing stock is you get paid for it, and you act like that’s the only way you could work.”

“The psychological impact of a JOKE is detrimental not only to the mental health of the individual who is the comedic subject but also their physical safety,” Moore explained. “There are consequences for the things you say no matter who it makes laugh.”

The argument escalated after Moore tweeted, “your jokes divide people and that’s why you fail as a comedian. By all means don’t apologize, you can be all the clown you want but you will never lead with bullshit.”

“I make a living doing what love, put kids through college, paid for my homes, and travel the world, and still don’t give a shit what a pussy like u thinks,” the Original Kings of Comedy star clapped back. “Or consistently the top comedian on social media pussy!!!”

Moore then tweeted that “unpacking the subtext of 55 year old” Hughley calling “a 23 year old black trans woman with a life expectancy of 35 a pussy on twitter for standing up to him in account of his complacency of comedic bigotry and how that impacts peoples is excruciating laborsome.”

Many fellow LGBTQ performers and activists rushed to Moore’s defense on Twitter, including Blair Imani, Darryl Stephens, and Pose star Billy Porter.

“Stop telling me stop defending my community and myself,” Moore later told her followers. “I am not losing any energy, as laborsome as it is. If it hurts you to see me addressing oppressive rhetoric, then stand by me when I do. It hurts of course it does but my reaction to the infliction of pain is discourse.”

“If you throw dirt at us I will drag you in the mud of truth without even cussing or dehumanizing you.”

Focusing on gay and trans performers in New York City’s 1980s ballroom scene, Pose has made history with the most trans series regulars ever in an American scripted TV series. Created by Ryan Murphy in collaboration with producers Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, the show has also employed more than 100 trans actors, crew members, and consultants.

Pose has been renewed for a second season and will return in 2019.

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