Os­cars fall­out over anti-gay tweets

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CO­ME­DIAN Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the Acad­emy Awards amid out­cry over his past ho­mo­pho­bic tweets.

Hart wrote on Twit­ter yesterday that he was with­draw­ing be­cause he didn’t want to be a dis­trac­tion at the Fe­bru­ary 24 cer­e­mony.

“I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in­sen­si­tive words from my past,” Hart tweeted.

Hart stepped aside soon af­ter re­fus­ing to apol­o­gise for tweets that resur­faced when he was an­nounced as Os­cars host.

Hart has deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-2011.

In 2011, he wrote, “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.”

Hart’s at­ti­tudes about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity were also a well-known part of his standup act.

In the 2010 spe­cial Se­ri­ously Funny, he said, “One of my big­gest fears is my son grow­ing up and be­ing gay.

“Keep in mind, I’m not ho­mo­pho­bic, I have noth­ing against gay peo­ple, do what you want to do, but me, be­ing a het­ero­sex­ual male, if I can pre­vent my son from be­ing gay, I will.”

Pic­ture: GLENN FER­GU­SON

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