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NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart’s response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host.

On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should “stop being negative” after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used homophobic slurs. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart said he wasn’t going to “let the craziness frustrate me.” Hart said he “loves everybody.”

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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

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The gay media watchdog group GLAAD said 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.”

In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said “if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

Hart has since stepped down as Oscars host following an outcry over previous anti-gay tweets by the comedian.

Hart posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words.

He said he stepped down so as not to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.

 

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14 thoughts on “Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscar Host Due To Homophobic Tweets

  1. I find it very interesting that people who identify as lgbtq have complained about being bullied yet in this moment, they are doing the same thing to this man for past comments. Comments, he already apologized for, that were never a secret, that have been out there for years and could have been addressed along time ago if they were so offensive. This was about them trying to bully him into using the platform he had to further their cause. He probably stepped down in part because he refused to be used to further a cause he simply doesn’t agree with. If you want to be gay, be that but stop trying to bully or guilt people in to agreeing w/you. Have the conversation that you all say you want but be willing to listen to others just like you want others to listen to you. Not agreeing does not mean hate and agreeing does not mean love or acceptance. If love is love, then hate is hate and not agreeing is not agreeing. Know the difference.

  2. JAYD Once again KATY1221 reared her bucket head ! Gee don’t have anything better to do other than shade on me, I hope you know I really do not give a rats ass what you thing if you read all these comments you’d know Faggotry and the LBGT are what is ruining the moral fabric of America ! I get a kick out of you so I’m sure you will respond, cause you think you are so smart ! YOU ARE NOT THAT WITTY, SUCK ON SOMETHING and get your mind right !

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    I think a person can not agree with homosexuality without being homophobic. Some people just don’t agree with it, it’s nothing against gays or means that the person hates gay people. I’m sure nobody wants their child to be gay it’s a heavy cross to bear.

  4. I get so sick of feeling that I must accept FAGGOTRY ! I do not believe in it as a normal state of being human. I concur with his feeling, and I have a right to feel that way. Where does it say in the law or the constitution that I must accept freaks who want to cut off their penis or have fake breast embedded .in their body. Go ahead and be who you want to be but do not tell me I got to accept that life style !

  5. Ted Gravely on said:

    In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said “If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.” So will I. Kevin Hart don’t backtrack. I would love my son just like Magic Johnson does EJ; however, I want my boys growing up to be men, loving and marrying a biological woman. There is nothing insensitive or phobic about that. Black men don’t let these fools make you duck for cover about being and raising men. We need to lead our women, not be like them. Our women need strong men – who are men. I hope Kevin doesn’t succumb to Hollywood. Stay off Ellen Degenerate’s couch. Every year she looks more and more like a man. I want my girls growing up to be women. I love tom boys, but they wear a dress very now and then. Stop this non sense. Kevin has made some stupid decisions, but in this case, he did nothing wrong. Stand on it.

  6. Really! People need to get a life. I don’t care for him, but bringing up tweets from his past is all time low. After awhile, none of us won’t be able to tweet, text, or say anything, except Thank You Jesus….

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