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Kevin Hart responds to criticism over past homophobic tweets

Kevin Hart is pulling out of the Oscars Kevin Hart is pulling out of the
Freda Brock | 07 December, 2018, 08:24

Comedian Kevin Hart has decided not to host the Oscars after past homophobic tweets came to light, which he initially refused to apologize for before he did later.

In the tweets, Hart said he did "not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful, talented artists".

Hart posted on Twitter an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words.

In light of the resurgence in accusations of bigotry, Hart has today posted a video on Instagram that can be pretty much summed up as "leave me alone, I don't give a shit".

On Thursday afternoon, Hart took to Instagram to post a video and caption expressing his support for the real victim in all this: himself.

It'd be one thing if this was a one-time tweet (Still bad, but not as bad), or if he apologized, or if he didn't call out people who were alarmed by him repeatedly using the word "gay" or "fag" in a derogatory manner. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times.

"It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career", he told Variety at the time. Wrong Eniko, I'm judging him right now. I hope we can meet again, ' Hart tweeted.

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The actor and comedian's response to the outcry attracted a further backlash, as he wrote on Instagram that should critics should "stop being negative".

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. "But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will".

Earlier in the day, Hart said that he would not apologize for comments, despite being given an ultimatum by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In the 2010 special "Seriously Funny", he said "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay". A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple, " Eichner said.

"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response.

The film academy didn't respond to messages Thursday evening.

The Hollywood star was confirmed as the host of the Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, on Tuesday.

With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step.

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