EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt says that he gives Kevin Hart "a pass" for wearing one of the band's t-shirts even though the comedian is likely not a fan of the group's music.
Last week, Hart and his pal Dwayne Johnson hit the road on a promotional tour for their new movie, "Jumanji: The Next Level". While in Mexico on Wednesday, Hart — decked out in the forementioned EXODUS tee — and Johnson decided to film videos for their respective social media followers in which they got playfully heated.
After the footage made the rounds, Holt took to his Instagram to weigh in. He wrote: "Okay everyone... yes I've seen this! Haha! Is he a fan? I highly doubt it, more likely his stylist bought it for a small fortune at some vintage tee shirt shop, if it's not a modern bootleg. How do I feel? Eh. Another dude using metal shirts to look edgy. Who knows? BUT. I'm a HUGE Kevin Hart fan, so I give him a pass cause he makes me laugh my ass off!"
Hart is just the latest in a growing trend of celebrities wearing heavy metal t-shirts as high fashion. Rapper Kanye West has previously been criticized for repping vintage band tees, and Kim Kardashian is regularly spotted wearing METALLICA t-shirts. More recently, Kim's maternal half-sibling Kendall Jenner was seen getting around in a SLAYER tee, and Holt — who also plays with SLAYER — apparently responded by wearing a t-shirt onstage that read "Kill The Kardashians".
After Kanye was seen wearing a TESTAMENT t-shirt in 2016, the band's guitarist Alex Skolnick reacted negatively in an online post, writing: "Goodness gracious. This whole decrepit clan must have picked up a pile of old concert t-shirts (the same pile Kourtney K's SLAYER shirt came from) which have somehow become a 'thing' in trendy fashion (who'd have thought?!!). Inconceivable that any of these pop-culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are. My guess is he thinks it's a religious group (not the first time that's happened). That is, if he thinks at all, which lately seems unlikely. And I thought this time period couldn't get any weirder..."