Kevin Hart Responds to Homophobic Tweet Controversy After Oscars Host Announcement

Lewis Collier
December 7, 2018

Kevin Hart knows some people are upset over Tuesday's announcement that he will host the 2019 Oscars - and he thinks they need to get over it. Backlash over Hart's gig ensued when an old joke about not wanting a gay son resurfaced online.

"I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars", Hart continued. Since then, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences have been criticized for the pick, citing his controversial comments.

"I was asked the most incredible question from my kids today on the phone.they said "Dad why don't you get mad when people talk about you on the internet".my answer was "I never see that stuff because I'm to busy being happy & loving you 2" Hart wrote in a series of tweets Wednesday evening". Below are his only tweets about his past displays of homophobia, which seemed to taper off around the year 2011, when his career was wildly ascendant.

Kevin Hart has responded to the controversy surrounding his past social media posts. If my team calls me - 'Oh my God, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago.' Oh my God, guys, I'm nearly 40 years old. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify their past, then do you.

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"Stop searching for reasons to be angry". "I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/undersant the mental place that I am in".

One described how, if he ever saw his son playing with his daughter's doll house, "I'm going 2 break it over his head and say n my voice 'stop that's gay.'" Others included him using homophobic slurs against other people. I'm in a great place - a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me.

He continued, "Guys - I'm nearly 40 years old". Hiding behind his brand of happiness and posi-vibes, he finished by declaring "I live to love", and telling everyone to "Have a lovely day". "Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive". This was pointed out by Benjamin Lee, an editor at The Guardian, who was one of the first people to publicly call out Hart. In one joke, he said someone looked like a "gay bill board for AIDS" and referred to another person as a "FAT F-". I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? "I can't lie I got scared!"

The spotlight on Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets coincides with the Academy's short list of works by queer auteurs on and around the subject of LGBTQ affairs: films like Boy Erased, and Bohemian Rhapsody. "They have not yet responded".

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