Kevin Hart Refuses To Apologize For Old Homophobic Tweets!

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2018

Kevin Hart has officially stepped down as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards after facing controversy over recently resurfaced tweets from almost a decade ago, containing homophobic remarks and offensive slurs.

As we have previously reported, Kevin Hart was officially announced yesterday as host of the 2019 Oscars, which will be televised on February 24.

"I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all", he declared, once again disregarding the feelings and experiences of many in the LGBTQ community.

In 2011, one tweet read, "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay".

Guardian editor Benjamin Lee posted on Wednesday screenshots of Hart's old tweets.

In an Instagram video posted Thursday, Hart responded to the criticism - although he didn't exactly apologize.

Another tweet, from 2009, used the derogatory "F" word that's used to describe gay people.

Hart said in a 2010 stand-up special that "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will".

"This is not the first time this has come up, I've addressed it, I've spoken on it".

Hart would have been one of a few black Oscar hosts in the event's history, after Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative... I've said who I am now versus who I was then". He said earlier in the day on Thursday that he had "evolved" in his views. Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple". I'm the wrong guy, man.

A representative for the academy did not immediately respond to messages after Hart stepped down.

GLAAD has also sprung into action, contacting the Academy, Hart's management, and ABC to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage", according to the organization's chief communications officer Rich Ferraro, THR reports.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear".

This leaves the award show without a host for the time being, although the search for a replacement is surely on.

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