As we all know, the day after Kevin Hart announced he was hosting the Academy Awards, old tweets resurfaced of him making homophobic jokes. The 39-year-old keeps saying he previously apologized, but there doesn’t appear to be anything on record showing Hart ever apologizing for his comments, which included telling someone they look like a “gay billboard for AIDS.”
In 2015, Hart told Rolling Stone about his homophobic jokes. “I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now,” he said at the time. “I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can.” Saying people are too “sensitive” is far from an apology. Hart’s first actual apology to the LGBTQ community was reportedly after he stepped down from hosting the Oscars (even though he said just hours before he wouldn’t apologize).
Hart recently sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, and now she is receiving backlash.
While on the popular talk show, DeGeneres convinced Hart to host the Oscars by saying, “As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day… You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let those people win — host the Oscars.”
See a clip from the interview below:
DeGeneres is getting hit hard for what some are saying was a tone deaf interview. See the reactions below.
Never thought Ellen would do a “hold my beer” on the Kevin Hart situation.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 4, 2019
Then again, White Gayze 🤷🏾♂️
And furthermore, Ellen can't forgive someone on behalf of the community, LOL. That's NOT how that works! I think she gave Kevin a pass instead of having an actually productive conversation about what these words and attitudes mean and how prevalent they are in our society.— pfpicardi (@pfpicardi) January 4, 2019
I expected Ellen to actually ask Kevin Hart some sort of challenging question. Anything, really. But instead, it was just one long monologue from Kevin interspersed with Ellen’s approval. That interview made me miss the previous talk show hosts that asked tough questions.— deray (@deray) January 4, 2019
My thoughts on Ellen and this absolving of Kevin Hart. pic.twitter.com/tn7Amh6oDv— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 4, 2019
That Ellen x Kevin Hart interview is annoying the hell out of me— Prayers Down (@flowerrebelrose) January 4, 2019
Kevin just looks like a petulant child and Ellen a gay human shield.— Bradley Traynor (@bradleytraynor) January 4, 2019