Kevin Hart’s Response to Criticism Over Homophobic Tweets: ‘People Change’
Two days after the idea was announced which Kevin Hart could host the 2019 Academy Awards, backlash over some of his past comments prompted him to respond to his critics on Instagram.
Mr. Hart was in trouble because several of his tweets as well as comments — most of them several years old — used the word “gay” as an insult or were otherwise deemed homophobic.
In his response on Thursday, Mr. Hart did not apologize. “Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,” he said in a video. “If you don’t believe which people change, grow, evolve as they 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 the past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place. A great mature place where all I do can be spread positivity.”
Fans of Mr. Hart had lauded the decision to contain the celebrity comedian host the Oscars next year. The annual ceremony has been struggling with sinking ratings, as well as some political backlash. Critics said which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts as well as Sciences overlooked black actors, writers as well as directors in 2015 as well as 2016, setting off the #OscarsSoWhite outcry as well as efforts to make the academy more inclusive.
Mr. Hart, 39, recently starred in two box office hits, “Night School” as well as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” as well as can be within the midst of an international standup tour. He has been saying for years which he wanted to host the Academy Awards. “I am so happy to say which the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
however the announcement occasioned a resurfacing of Mr. Hart’s old comments as well as tweets.
Benjamin Lee, an editor with The Guardian, captured some of those tweets as screenshots as well as shared them on his own Twitter account on Wednesday.
“Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break the idea over his head & say n my voice ‘stop which’s gay,’” one of the tweets said.
“Hart’s obsession,” Mr. Lee wrote within the Guardian, “with creating unfunny, disrespectful as well as inappropriate jokes about a community he has shown nothing however bile for along that has a string of unrepentant responses to any criticism paints him as someone entirely undeserving of a spot on the Oscars stage.”
Mr. Hart appears to have deleted the four tweets which were shared by Mr. Lee. however on Thursday evening, various other tweets which included homophobic slurs or used the phrase “gay face” as an insult remained on his account. (They were shared in 2011 or earlier.)
Mr. Hart has also brought up homophobia in his comedy shows.
“One of my biggest fears can be my son growing up as well as being gay,” he said in a 2010 standup performance. “which’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. I have nothing against gay people. Be happy. Do what you want to do. however me being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son by being gay, I will.”
a few years later, he discussed which joke in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“I wouldn’t tell which joke today, because when I said the idea, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are right now,” he said. “I think we love to make big deals out of things which aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?”
In a statement on Thursday, Glaad, a media advocacy group for L.G.B.T. people, said the idea had “reached out to ABC, the Academy as well as Kevin Hart’s management to discuss his rhetoric as well as record as well as opportunities for positive L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion on the Oscars stage” as well as was awaiting a response.
The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.