Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscars Host After Homophobic Tweet Furore


Comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the Academy Awards after an intense backlash over past homophobic tweets that resurfaced just days after he landed the gig.

“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,” Hart wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Hart had since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, which according to Buzzfeed mostly dated from 2009-2011, but screenshots of them have been widely circulated on social media sparking a furore.

In 2011, Hart wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “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’.”

And in his 2010 stand-up comedy special Seriously Funny, Hart said, “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”

“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people; do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,” he said.

Hart initially responded on Instagram by saying that he “loves everybody” and his critics were “searching for reasons to be angry” and should “stop being negative” after the tweets resurfaced.

“The team calls me, ‘Oh my god Kevin, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago,’ oh my god,” he said.

“I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you.

“If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify their past then do you, I’m the wrong guy, man.

“I’m in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. If you’re not doing that, get out of my page.”

Fellow comedian Billy Eichner, who is gay, earlier tweeted that “many of us have jokes/tweets that we regret” but he could see “real truth, anger and fear” behind the unearthed tweets.

“I hope Kevin’s thinking has evolved since 2011,” he said.

After Hart’s apology, Eichner added, “A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple.

“Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated.”

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 25.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

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

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on