Kevin Hart continues to catch flack after old anti-gay tweets surfaced after the Academy Awards announced that he would be the host for the annual ceremony that will take place on Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Hart initially refused to apologized, but he issued a mea culpa and chose to step down from the hosting gig.
In defense of Hart, Nick Cannon dug up several anti-gay tweets by White female comics, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler.
Silverman wrote in a 2010 tweet, “I don’t mean this in a hateful way, but the new bachelorette’s a f—-t.” In 2012, Schumer tweeted, “Enjoy skyfall f–s. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt.” And Handler wrote in 2010, “This is what a f– bird likes like when he flexes.”
Following Cannon’s tweet, LGBT activist and advocate for women’s rights Greg Hogben shared his thoughts. Hogben blasted Hart while forgiving the White female comics for using the F-word.
“I appreciate Kevin Hart’s apology and think it’s great that he’s ‘evolved and grown,’ but I don’t think there’s much of a comparison in your tweet,” Hogben wrote in response. “So while I understand your attempt to ‘both sides’ this issue, I hope you can see why some gay men don’t see it the same…I can’t say the same for Kevin Hart. I can’t find a history of helping at-risk LGBT youth. To be honest, his tweets and his stand-up gig saying he’d ‘do anything not to have a gay son’ made me bristle. In short, it felt malicious.”
Since Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars, rumors have surfaced that Tiffany Haddish may be in the running as the show’s next host. Also, there are speculations that the show may not have a host.