Hart quits Os­cars over gay tweets

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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

Cap­ping a swift and dra­matic fall, the co­me­dian wrote on Twit­ter yesterday that he was with­draw­ing as Os­cars host be­cause he did not want to be a dis­trac­tion.

“I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in­sen­si­tive words from my past,” Hart, who per­formed in Perth this week, wrote.

He stepped aside about an hour af­ter re­fus­ing to apol­o­gise for tweets that resur­faced af­ter he was an­nounced on Tues­day as Os­cars host.

In a video on In­sta­gram, Hart said the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­tures Arts and Sci­ences gave him an ul­ti­ma­tum — apol­o­gise or “we’re go­ing to have to move on and find an­other host”.

“I chose to pass on the apol­ogy,” Hart said. “The rea­son why I passed is be­cause I’ve ad­dressed this sev­eral times.”

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009 to 2011. But they had been screen­cap­tured and shared on­line.

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 on Thurs­day, 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,” Hart said. He added: “I love ev­ery­body.”

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