Under Fire For Homophobic Tweets, Kevin Hart Says He Won’t Host The Oscars
Everything changed in less than 48 hours.
Within two days, everything changed. Wednesday, December 5, Kevin Hart was sharing the news with his million Instagram fans: for the first time, he was to host one of the most popular event worldwide, the 91st Oscars ceremony, commenting: "I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time…".
But a controversy caught up with him the very next day, as journalists and members of the online community retrieved old tweets in which he made fun of the LGBT community. If some were deleted, he kept online one of them in which he called someone a "fat fag", and another in which he said he had just run into the "biggest gay man ever," saying that it looked like "Hulk Hogan with heels on."
The American actor is also under fire for a part of his 2010 comedy special "Seriously Funny," where he told audiences his biggest fear was his son coming out as gay. Hart said that "as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.” He addressed the joke in 2015 Rolling Stone interview, where he did not apologize and said that he wouldn't make the same joke again because the times are more "sensitive."
At first, Kevin Hart refused to apologize, explaining in two Instagram videos:
"Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as people get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I'm the wrong guy."
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Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry....I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people....there is nothing that you can do to change that...NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all....with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love....Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please....What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you....Have a beautiful day
In another post, he added:
"I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on. [...] I’m gonna be me, I’m gonna stay in my ground. Regardless, the Academy, I’m thankful, I appreciate the opportunity, and if it goes away no harm no foul."
But then a few hours later, Kevin Hart decided to cut the controversy short by announcing he choose to step down, refusing to be a distraction. Quite a step backward in the shape of two tweets:
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) 7 décembre 2018
I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) 7 décembre 2018
By Louis Lepron, published on 10/12/2018