Another day, another backlash for Kevin Hart. First it was the bizarre cowboys and Indians party, now it’s a series of homophobic tweets.
Back in 2011, Hart wrote on Twitter, “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.’” Another tweet said Damien Wayans’ avatar looked like “a gay bill board for AIDS.” Here are a few more:
Hart refused to apologize—twice—after the tweets surfaced because he claimed it was already “addressed” years ago. He said on social media, “I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is I’ve addressed this several times… I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back. We feed on Internet trolls and we reward them. I’m not going to do it. I’m going to stand my ground. Regardless Academy, I’m thankful for the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm, no foul.”
Just hours later, Hart announced he was stepping down from hosting the Oscars. He then apologized, writing, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I’m sorry that I hurt people…I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
See some of the tweets below:
I mean...in the end Kevin Hart apologized anyway. That right there negates anything folks are saying trying to defend him. If he did that first, we wouldn't be here— Darth Kriss (@insanityreport) December 7, 2018
Academy: You need to apologise before you can host.— Christopher Langham (@Chr1zle) December 7, 2018
Kevin Hart: No
Academy: You can't host then.
Kevin Hart: I won't host then.
Kevin Hart apologizing like pic.twitter.com/BDrrIJqOsh— Stimmy Hendrix (@MagnumJackson) December 7, 2018
Everyone to Kevin Hart right now: pic.twitter.com/KtiQYlsMSy— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) December 7, 2018
If I was Kevin hart and they asked me to apologize pic.twitter.com/uE6lR9mJWg— E4E (@purposevisionE4) December 7, 2018
Kevin Hart is the same person that won't speak out on black lives matter or police brutality because he's an entertainer and that's none of his business, but he decides to stand up for free speech AFTER he says some homophobic shit. pic.twitter.com/154aSiThOs— REMBR 🦉 U R (@gorgeousglamher) December 7, 2018
Funny watching all the straight people say Kevin Hart doesn’t have anything to apologize for— michael ☾ (@mpuntii) December 7, 2018
The right-wingers that are stanning for Kevin Hart.... pic.twitter.com/6RjsqdbXip— Joetavious Rhamod Biden (@CypressMoss) December 7, 2018