HART-FELT NEED TO STEP DOWN
COMEDIAN Kevin Hart touched down in Sydney yesterday and found himself embroiled in a gay-hate storm that has forced him to sensationally quit the Oscars.
The US funny man quit the high-profile gig at the glamorous awards ceremony less than 48 hours after being named as host, after a furore over homophobic jokes he made in 2009 and 2010 erupted online.
In two videos filmed in Sydney, Hart initially told his 66 million Instagram followers he would not apologise for jokes he made years ago and now recognises were inappro- priate – and accused the Oscar’s organisers of giving him an ultimatum that he do so.
But the star then posted a series of tweets apologising to the LGBTQ community for “insensitive words from my past”.
Hart was taken to task online for saying during a 2010 live show: “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”
In 2001 tweets that have since been deleted, Hart accused another actor of looking “like a gay billboard for AIDS” and used derogatory words for gay people. The comic tweeted that he did “not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists”.