Actor Kevin Hart Getting Beaten Up By Liberals Over Old Negative Tweets About LGBT People (2018)
(Post updated below, Jan. 2019)
This circus never ends. I initially was not going to blog about this, but it keeps coming up in the news.
Actor Kevin Hart was being proposed to host the next Oscars, until someone said he made some really old tweets mocking homosexual people. Then liberals got in a tizzy, demand he not get the gig, and now, they are really shrieking that he should apologize.
Assorted links about the situation:
Just 48 hours after agreeing to host the 91st Academy Awards, Kevin Hart unceremoniously stepped down late Thursday night on social media.
The turn of events followed outcry over previous anti-gay tweets, and comments Hart made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. Some of the tweets were feverishly deleted throughout the day on Thursday, leading to an Instagram video from the comedian that only made matters worse for him.
“My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, everyone’s upset by tweets you did years ago,’” he said in that video. “Guys, I’m nearly 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past, do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”
Those words rang as a defiant non-apology for many. Hours later, Hart resurfaced with another video stating that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: Apologize or we’ll find a new host.
“I chose to pass on the apology,” the 39-year-old actor-comedian said in the video. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different place in my life.”
That, too, rang hollow for many. Less than two hours later, Hart announced via Twitter that he was removing himself from the gig, and he finally offered the apology everyone was looking for.
Michael Che Isn’t Pleased With the Kevin Hart Oscars Brouhaha
I’m not condoning Kevin Hart’s old jokes, and he isn’t either. But I fear we’re creating a disastrous precedent. In holding people accountable for their old views — even ones they realized were wrong and apologized for — we are setting standards that nobody can meet. We cannot expect to make progress if we do not allow people the chance to grow with us.
The truth is, we are all guilty. Can you name a person who has not lied, said something inappropriate or hurt another? I can’t.
I can’t even say those things about myself. I know that I have made mistakes, hurt others and believed things that I now know to be false. In fact, I bet I’m not even aware of all the stuff I’ve done wrong. None of us are innocent.
by Brendan O’Neill
It might come as a revelation to the morally and socially cocooned practitioners of PC that there exists such a thing as a traditionalist parent, a parent who dreams of their children being straight and getting married and having kids, but to the rest of us this is about as shocking as the sun coming up. People are morally varied, they have all sorts of opinions, they parent differently — who knew?
What’s worse is that Hart has previously explained — in those eight long years since his supposed ‘speechcrimes’ — that in some of those instances he was merely joking and in others he has changed his mind.
He told Rolling Stone magazine in 2015 that his skit about not wanting his son to be gay was actually an attempt to mock ‘my own insecurities’. The joke is that ‘it has nothing to do with [my son], it’s about me’.
He has also said that he wouldn’t tell that joke today — ‘because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now’.
So you’ve already won, PC police. Hart had already decreed, three years ago, that he would no longer joke about homosexuality because he knows there will be blowback. But none of that matters.
His comedic explanations for what he said doesn’t matter, his assurance that he won’t say it again doesn’t matter; all that matters is that we hunt him down and punish him for having once or twice, many years ago, transgressed against the new social norms.
Because it’s the thrill of that moralistic chase, and of punishing moral transgressors, that really gets the PC mob going these days.
There’s a nastiness to this. A vindictiveness. It is indistinguishable from when stiff, religiously inclined conservatives would wage moral war against people who said irreligious or sexually risqué things.
In all cases, people are punished for daring to divert, however slightly or humorously, from the moral orthodoxies of the age.
So good on Hart for initially refusing to apologize. The Academy said he could stay on as Oscars host if he publicly said sorry for his ancient comments. He said he would ‘pass’ on such public self-flagellation. ‘I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different place in my life’.
…Now, some Hollywood sources say the high-profile position is not worth the potential risk to reputation.
“We don’t encourage our clients to [host the Oscars] anymore,” said one prominent agent. “Every host gets picked apart by vultures.
LOS ANGELES: The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.
The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.
It’s just the latest controversy for the organisation that puts on the Academy Awards, which is trying to combat declining ratings for its marquee event while weathering the pressure of being a focal point for the shortcomings of the entertainment industry as a whole.
“I think it’s embarrassing,” Matthew Belloni, the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, said about the academy’s decision to pick Hart. Hart seemed to fit the bill for what the academy was looking for. But Oscars hosts have always been subjected to a lot of scrutiny.
January 2019 Edit
And this story is still in the news, as of January 2019.
Key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host, one insider close to the event told Variety, following an alternately contrite and defiant appearance on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday.
Leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC, the network that broadcasts the telecast, are open to Hart resuming his role as emcee if he signals that he wants the job. That message could come through a spokesperson or on social media, where Hart maintains an active presence on Instagram and Twitter, the individual added.
January 8, 2019 Edit
By Elisha Fieldstadt
Kevin Hart apologized again Monday for past homophobic tweets and jokes, which prompted him to step down as host of the Oscars, and said it would be the last time he addressed the controversy.
On his SirusXM podcast, “Straight from the Hart,” the comedian also implied that he’s not interested in hosting the awards show. Last week, he told Ellen DeGeneres, who faced backlash for defending him, that he was considering whether or not to take the job back.
“I don’t have time to prepare and do it correctly,” Hart said on his podcast. “The microscope on me is so, is so f—ing thick that they’re looking for everything. So anything, anything that I say that’s not appropriate, that’s wrong … you’re gonna pick me apart,” he added.