Following the revelation that Kevin Hart would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, some tweets from his past reared their ugly heads, and some people have suggested they were quite homophobic. Hart did not seem to have any such concerns, but nearly immediately after he was announced as the emcee, a long history both onstage and on social media of making derogatory remarks about the LGBT community became a point of contention.
Hart said today on Twitter, "I was asked the most wonderful 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 too busy being happy & loving you 2'".
Hart posted on Twitter today an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words. On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year. If you don't believe people change, grow, evolve as they get older.
"My team calls me, 'Oh my God, Kevin, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago", Hart said in a black-and-white video posted to Instagram.
This is a breaking story and will be updated. He added, "I think people take things so serious - you send out a tweet, and I'm not apologizing for that".
The video marked the second dispatch posted by Hart on Thursday addressing his controversial tweets. Unlike the near-simultaneous news that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh would be MCs for the Golden Globes though, a lot of people are incredibly not down with Hart's appointment, dredging up his many previous instances of homophobia. What hasn't happened is an apology - not even your typical statement of regret and an assurance of "that was me then, and I'm a different person now".
GLAAD, a media watchdog that protects and promotes dignified representation of queer people, reached out to Hart, the film academy and ABC, which airs the telecast. The first is his long history of the use of the phrases "fag" and "no homo" in a litany of tweets spanning several years and the second, far more harmful behaviour, is his frequent comedic output in his stand-up and elsewhere surrounding a fear and disgust that his own son would one day come out as gay. And in 2010, he joked that he feared his son would be "growing up and being gay". Even though Hart is now deleting the offending tweets, one imagines he hasn't had a change of, ahem, heart about them.
"For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same..."