"Kevin Hart thought that monologue was a good idea at this time?" asked one viewer, while another suggested, "Read. The. Room."
He seemed to have some idea of what was coming even as he was making the jokes, because after saying that mothers aren't the "fun" parent, he acknowledged that the women in the studio audience probably weren't very happy about what he said. But it wasn't just the ones in the studio audienece, and it wasn't just women.
The monologue got people talking deep into the night, with most agreeing that the monologue was not only sexist but ill-timed, considering the ongoing social movement sweeping the world about female empowerment in the wake of harassment, subjugation and inequality.
Several viewers pointed out Hart's more recent personal revelations, including that he'd cheated on his wife, as further evidence that he shouldn't have gone in this direction with his stand-up routine monologue. Nevertheless, he took to Twitter to tout that monologue as "just a small example of what to expect on my 'Irresponsible' tour," so you can't say you weren't warned.
The biggest problem with it, though, was that it just wasn't all that funny. Playing on traditional roles for men and women in the marriage isn't innovative or particularly clever. Instead, it just comes across as lazy and pandering and even worse, disappointing. Kevin Hart, you can do better than that, right?
Here are some of the most memorable responses:
Given the recent problematic specifics of Kevin Hart’s personal life, this would not have been the monologue direction I’d have taken. #SNL— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 17, 2017
Gosh, what a groundbreaking monologue about traditional gender roles and how dads are more “fun” than moms, Kevin Hart. Hard pass. #SNL— heidi “the rock” vanderlee (@heidivanderlee) December 17, 2017
I just don’t get Kevin Hart’s style of comedy. Came across particularly tone deaf on #SNL monologue considering today’s “climate”.— Dave Brinkhus (@DaveBrinkhus) December 17, 2017
Is Kevin Hart talking about the *difficulties* of playing with your baby? Bitch, you cheated on your wife while she was cooking that baby for 9 fucking months #snl— Krystina Decker (@krystinadecker) December 17, 2017
Kevin Hart thought that monologue was a good idea at this time? Was it ripped out of a Mad Men script? And when we all know he cheated on his pregnant wife? Ok... #SNL— 🍋 (@riversalvage) December 17, 2017
#SNL Women of SNL cast...how the hell did you allow that awful, sexist Kevin Hart monologue to happen??? REALLY???— DebraDG (@DebraDG) December 17, 2017
Turned off SNL after Kevin Hart's sexist and mosoginistic monologue. He is disrespectful of women, marriage and parenthood. Please do not have him return as a host. 👎👎— Gloria Morris (@glorismorris) December 17, 2017
Kevin Hart's monologue was... really disgustingly sexist... #SNL— Eric Baker (@mouse_clicker) December 17, 2017
This Kevin Hart SNL monologue is... not good.— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) December 17, 2017
Can’t believe Kevin Hart’s #snl monologue was essentially “women be like...” in the year 2017— Marold (@xMarold) December 17, 2017
I typically find Kevin Hart funny, but tonight he is missing the mark! That monologue was just painful to watch. #SNL— G-Barb ☮ (@wilycyotee) December 17, 2017
#SNL Feminists are not going to like this Kevin Hart stand up!— Michael (@mike24forever) December 17, 2017
Kevin Hart with those 2 year old jokes #SNL— Santa Chris (@Alberti2Chris) December 17, 2017
Kevin Hart telling jokes about how hard it is for men to care for their kids, including one about a dirty old man with a young wife? Read👏🏻The👏🏻Room. #SNL— Notso Shybunny (@ShyBun) December 17, 2017
Maybe this isn't the best monologue for Kevin Hart shortly after he admits to cheating in his pregnant wife..... #SNL— Cathy Popowytsch (@CatPop) December 17, 2017
Regretting recording @nbcsnl Just now watching Kevin Hart’s monologue and I don’t like feeling embarrassed for people I don’t know.— The Silence of the Porgs (@porknwhiskey) December 17, 2017
am I️ high or was Kevin Hart’s monologue completely off point #snl— Jess Evans (@jesshevans) December 17, 2017
#SNL kevin hart What a d-bag. Cheats on his prego wife and has the balls to do an antiquated sexist monologue on the role of the sexes, nice— Mike (@MikeSupershine) December 17, 2017