Snakes are disgusting. They’re slimy, slithery and just gross as hell. So, who among you can fault Kevin Hart for having a normal person’s reaction to seeing one of those creepy, legless lizards and all their yuckiness up-close and in-person?
The comedic actor lost his sh*t when he came face-to-face with a couple of snakes during an appearance on Australia’s Today Tuesday morning. As soon as they pulled out a blue-tongued lizard named “Bluey,” Kevin was ready to high-tail it out of the studio. Cube was braver than Kevin, petting that disgusting creature as if it were a fluffy bunny rabbit.
And then came the seven-foot python.
“Cube, don’t touch that with that jacket on! You got its cousin on your back. This ain’t gonna go good, man!” That was Kevin’s smart advice to his co-star when they pulled out a black-head python that’s longer than Kevin is tall. Kevin freaked out some more afar and hilariously claimed snakes were racist and that Cube shouldn’t put a python around his neck while wearing a snakeskin jacket.
According to science, people’s fear of snakes comes from evolution and something about not wanting to be strangled to death.
Psychologists found that both adults and children could detect images of snakes among a variety of non-threatening objects more quickly than they could pinpoint frogs, flowers or caterpillars. The researchers think this ability helped humans survive in the wild.
“The idea is that throughout evolutionary history, humans that learned quickly to fear snakes would have been at an advantage to survive and reproduce,” said Vanessa LoBue, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology at the University of Virginia. “Humans who detected the presence of snakes very quickly would have been more likely to pass on their genes.”
Whatever the reason, snakes are still disgusting.