Comedian Kevin Hart has responded to backlash about his homophobic jokes he made a decade ago after he was chosen to host the 2019 Oscars.
He posted a video to his Instagram where he wrote a caption for people to ‘stop being negative’ in response to the gay jokes he made over a decade ago.
Kevin Hart called the fuss ‘beyond crazy’ and described the criticism as spreading ‘negativity’.
‘Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as people get older, I don’t know what to tell you,’ Hart, 39, said in the video. ‘if you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy.’
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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day
In his 2010 comedy special ‘Seriously Funny,’ Hart told audiences his biggest fear was that his son coming out as gay. Hart said that ‘as a heterosexual male if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.’ He addressed the joke in 2015 Rolling Stone interview, where he did not apologize and said that he wouldn’t make the same joke again because the times weren’t as ‘sensitive.’
Hart deleted some of the tweets that were spread online, but many in which he called people ‘gay’ or used a slur for gay men were still up as of Thursday evening. In one tweet, Hart calls someone a ‘fat faced f-g.’
Hart’s words were considered a non-apology. 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.’