Gary Holt Gives Kevin Hart “A Pass” for Wearing Vintage Exodus Shirt

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Gary Holt — longtime guitarist of Exodus and, for a lesser time, Slayer — hasn’t always been the biggest fan of celebrities co-opting heavy-metal aesthetics for the sake of style alone. However, when a new offender in the form of comedian Kevin Hart popped up wearing a seemingly vintage Exodus shirt while promoting his movie Jumanji 3, Holt gave the seal of approval — despite not knowing if the funny man is a genuine fan.

“Okay everyone… yes I’ve seen this!” Holt posted on Instagram next to a screen cap of Hart and his hunky costar Dwayne Johnson. The guitarist continued, “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.”

While Holt’s ire for celebs like the Kardashians wearing metal merch (“I just fucking hate people that are becoming superstars for doing nothing” he once said) stems from his their perceived lack of talent, he deems Hart OK enough to pass the test because he’s an actual entertainer.

The caption goes on: “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!”

As Loudwire noted, Hart’s Exodus shirt is from the band’s 1987-88 Meat Party Tour and says at the bottom “Welcome To The Cannibal Bar + Grill.” Check out a closer look here, and read Gary Holt’s full post — plus the always interesting commentary from metal head followers — below. Kevin Hart’s Instagram has several shots of him wearing the shirt with similar discourse happening in the comments.