Kevin Hart proclaims people can kneel at the VMAs: 'There's no old white man that can stop you'
Comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish (Photo: Screen capture)

Comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish opened the MTV Video Music Awards Monday with a quick few words about the two being a dream team of comedy.

"It's like if LeBron somehow teamed up with LeBron!" Hart said. "Tiff, you ready?"

Given that they are the LeBron of the VMAs, Hart said he views it like game day.

"We're live coast to coast right now. I'm looking at this like it's game day people," he said. "But don't worry, at this game, you guys are allowed to kneel. Do whatever the hell you want. There's no old white men who can stop you."

The reference was to the protests by sports stars kneeling during the National Anthem, something President Donald Trump has ranted about extensively, calling the protest unpatriotic.

Haddish told the young audience that for those that have class Tuesday not to worry.

"If the teacher says 'What kind of career are you gonna have if you keep goofing off on your phone all day?' Just tell her, 'I'm gonna be DJ Khaled.'"

Watch the opener below: