Kevin Hart issues statement about homophobic tweets

Tabitha Dunn
December 7, 2018

In a video posted on Thursday evening, Hart says that The Academy has asked him to apologize for homophobic tweets (see bottom of article) that re-surfaced after they announced he would host the 2019 Oscars.

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to 'discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record'.

Earlier, the backlash against Hart over his past homophobic tweets took a sensational turn. He also used the derogatory term "fag" on another occasion.

The post comes less than two hours after the comic defiantly said he would not apologize in a video he shared to Instagram, claiming that he'd "addressed this several times" over the years and didn't feel he needed to do so again. Hart may believe that an apology is unnecessary in this age where everyone demands some kind of repentance.

"I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man I am becoming", Hart added. On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve?

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Kevin seemingly addressed the tweets in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, where he told Jonah Weiner, "I'd never apologize for what was never meant to be disrespectful - I'd never allow the public to win for something I know wasn't malicious". Check out his full response below. I've said who I am now versus who I was then.

"If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me", he writes. I'm in a great place - a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you.

'I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists, ' the comedian tweeted Thursday night.

"I chose to pass on the apology", Hart said. "If you're not doing that, you're not on my page". 'Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men.

Despite claiming in the accompanying comment that people indeed learn, grow and mature, Kevin Hart refuses to engage with the conversation surrounding his homophobic output. "I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's suppose to", he captioned the picture.

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