Ellen’s sup­port for Hart sparks LGBTQ de­bate

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - — LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES

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 blasted for call­ing Hart’s crit­ics “haters” and “trolls,” re­fer­ring to those who un­earthed the comic’s past ho­mo­pho­bic jokes that cost him the gig.

Hart says 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 out. He canceled last month.

Mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity pub­licly char­ac­ter­ized DeGeneres’ en­dorse­ment of Hart on Thurs­day as a be­trayal, while oth­ers scolded her for be­lit­tling jour­nal­ists and other crit­ics for re­search­ing Hart’s back­ground.

Hart told DeGeneres he’ll re­con­sider host­ing.

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