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Social media outraged after Kevin Hart claims ignorance about why Lil Nas X struggled coming out, considering Hart's own past with homophobic comments.

Kevin Hart has come under fire again for comments related to homophobia, while Lil Nas X is getting praised for how he handled getting interrupted repeatedly by the comedian.

Both were guests on this week's episode of "The Shop," a candid barbershop-set chat show on HBO that often speaks from, to and about the black community.

In an "Uninterrupted" clip shared to the show's YouTube page on Wednesday, creator and moderator Paul Rivera asked the "Old Town Road" rapper why he felt it was important that he come out amidst the monumental success of his debut single, which would go on to set the Billboard record for longest reign at number one.

But before Lil Nas X could even respond, Hart jumped in and said, "He said he was gay, so what?" Others in the room chimed in with similar sentiments, including, "Who cares?" But Rivera said that was the point of his question.

Perhaps over-correcting after his own past with homophobic jokes and comments led to him stepping away as Oscars host, Hart was nevertheless (in the eyes of many on social media) stepping all over the young rapper's chance to speak his own story.

But Lil Nas X maintained his composure, and waited patiently for Rivera to silence the room and once again attempt to give him the floor. "It's not that it's like being forced," Nas X explained. "It's just knowing, like, growing up, I'm growing up to hate this shit. I'm not supposed--"

"Hate what?" Hart interjected at this point, but did he really not know? Or was he again trying to appear so woke that he was beyond even understanding homophobia? This was the breaking point for many on social media, as it's been pretty well documented that homosexuality is often not accepted in the black community.

Not to mention that Hart himself fed into that homophobia with his own comedy from a decade ago, for which he says he's apologized and grown from. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen and that this wasn't the environment Lil Nas X found himself in. And for Hart to suggest he has no idea about any of that is just too much for many to accept.

In seeming shock to Hart's question, Nas X replied, "Homosexuality. Gay people." He then added, "Come on now. If you really from the hood, you know." Because Hart absolutely should know.

Then, getting back to his original thought and the reason behind why he chose to come out as gay when he did, the rapper said, "For me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything, to say this-- Any other time, I'm doing this for attention, in my eyes. But if you're doing this while you're at the top, you know it's for real and it's showing it doesn't really matter, I guess."

Twitter immediately lit up after the brief exchange went viral, with people both applauding Lil Nas X's poise and grace in answering the question and dealing with Hart's outbursts. At the same time, they were appalled at Hart's behavior and not a one of them believed for a second that he really didn't know what the rapper was referring to when he said he was raised to "hate this shit."

You can see some of the most passionate reactions below:

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