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Explainer: Egypt cancels Kevin Hart’s show after ‘Black Egyptians’ reference

Hart was criticized on Egyptian social media for comments he allegedly made asserting that ancient Egyptians were black.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 23: Kevin Hart attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "Me Time" at Regency Village Theatre on August 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

American comedian Kevin Hart’s would-be first performance in Egypt was canceled this week. The decision follows backlash Hart received for comments he allegedly made on the racial composition of ancient Egyptians. 

Background: Hart was due to perform in Cairo Tuesday. The Egyptian talent agency R Productions released a statement on Facebook the day prior saying the show had been canceled due to “local logistical issues.” 

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