Kevin Hart Explains Why He Stepped Down From Oscar Gig – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire it looks like the fallout from Kevin Hart’s decision to opt-out of hosting the 2019 Oscars is just getting started. It's not so much that he stepped down, rather his reasons for him doing so. HipHollywood reports all the drama is over "homophobic" jokes Hart did in the past. Hart told fans he doesn't "want to be a distraction," and stepped down last week. Now the Oscars are looking for his replacement. Kevin also said this matter has been addressed several times before in a post on IG. The star told fans he has said over and over that he's not anit-gay, and tired of having to repeat himself.
Backtracking just a taste, soon after the comedian/actor announced he got the hosting gig, the haters jumped on their job flooding social media with complaints. They feel the comedian/actor should apologize for telling "insensitive jokes" about the LGBTQ community. The outrage came after a couple of Harts old jokes resurfaced on the net. The jokes reference 2009 & 2010 stand-up specials where he joked: "one of my biggest fears" is that my son would end up being gay. In 2011 he posted the joke on Twitter writing if his son "try's 2 play with my daughter's dollhouse I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay." That tweet was later deleted.
The superstar said he wished that the same people he put in all the work to find the old jokes, should've done the same to find his responses to him being homophobic. Caving under pressure Oscar execs gave Hart an ultimatum to either apologize or don’t host the show. He opted out of doing the gig, and took to Twitter last Thursday with the following statement:
Despite Harts decision to exit left, several stars think he should've never been put in that position in the first place. They were jokes, and that's it. People who know Hart best like Snoop Dogg, D.L. Hughley, and others had his back and said society is getting way too sensitive. Below a few friends and fellow comedians are speaking out about what happened to Kevin, and give their take on the matter.
What do you think? Do they have a point, or are some subjects off limits?