HOLLYWOOD Kevin Hart walks away from Oscars
Anger at homophobic tweets, won’t apologise
KEVIN Hart announced on Twitter early yesterday morning that he was stepping down from hosting next year’s Oscars ceremony after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked him to apologise for a number of his old tweets that used homophobic language, which he initially refused to do.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart tweeted. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Earlier in the evening, he posted an Instagram video in which he refused to apologise for the tweets.
Some quick background: this week, it was announced that Hart would host the 91st Oscars ceremony on February 24 – so naturally his Twitter account found itself under the microscope. Anyone wanting to disqualify Hart, at least in the court of public opinion, had a cornucopia of homophobic tweets to choose from.
Several of those tweets began surfacing shortly afterwards. Around the same time, it appears that some of them were deleted.
“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,’ “read a 2011 tweet that Hart deleted this week, according to Buzzfeed News.
Several other tweets using various homophobic slurs remain on Hart’s account, including one asking “why does (Damien Dante Wayans’s) profile pic look like a gay billboard for AIDS,” with this strange brag tacked on at the end: “Booom, I’m on fire tonight.”
In another that remained online as of publication time, Hart says, “Lmao @ all of the woman asking me where the pic is, I’m not passing along a pic