Anti-gay tweets force Hart out as Os­cars host

The Weekend Australian - - WORLD - NEW YORK:

Just two days af­ter been named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down fol­low­ing an out­cry over past ho­mo­pho­bic tweets by the co­me­dian.

Cap­ping a swift and dra­matic fall­out, he wrote on Twit­ter yes­ter­day that he was with­draw­ing as Os­cars host be­cause he didn’t want to be a dis­trac­tion: “I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in­sen­si­tive words from my past.”

Hart stepped aside about an hour af­ter re­fus­ing to apol­o­gise for tweets that resur­faced af­ter he was an­nounced as Os­cars host on Wed­nes­day, say­ing he had ad­dressed it sev­eral times.

In 2011, he wrote in a sincedeleted tweet: “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”.

In an ear­lier post, Hart wrote on In­sta­gram that crit­ics should “stop be­ing neg­a­tive” about his ear­lier anti-gay re­marks. “I’m al­most 40 years old. If you don’t be­lieve that peo­ple change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,” adding in all-caps: “I LOVE EVERY­BODY.”

The Os­cars will be awarded on Fe­bru­ary 24.

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