Ellen’s support for Hart sparks LGBTQ debate
Ellen DeGeneres’ attempt to clear comedian Kevin Hart’s name and reinstate him as Oscars host did not go over well with critics online.
The daytime host, who is openly gay and previously hosted the Academy Awards herself, was blast- ed for calling Hart’s critics “haters” and “trolls,” referring to those who unearthed the comic’s past homophobic jokes that cost him the high-profile hosting gig.
Hart says he already apologized for the jokes in the past but refused to do so again when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum to apologize once more or drop his hosting duties. He canceled the gig last month.
Members of the LGBTQ community publicly characterized DeGeneres’ endorsement of Hart on Thursday as a betrayal, while others scolded her for seemingly belittling journalists and other critics for researching the incoming host’s background.
Hart told DeGeneres he’ll reconsider hosting.