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EntertainmentGLAAD says Kevin Hart ‘shouldn’t have stepped down’ from Oscars: ‘He should have stepped up’

18:40  07 december  2018
18:40  07 december  2018 Source:   ew.com

Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host

Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host Kevin Hart has been widely criticized for his history of jokes that use "gay" and "f--" as insults. Many of his other homophobic tweets remain online. In a 2015 interview, Hart suggested he would "never apologize" for his anti-gay jokes. Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets have been deleted after the comedian-actor was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscar ceremony on Wednesday. © The Associated Press Kevin Hart Hart was widely criticized this week after a Hollywood Reporter column floated him as a contender to host the Academy Awards ceremony, which will broadcast on February 24 on ABC.

GLAAD , the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, said it never intended for Kevin Hart to step down as host of the upcoming Oscars after homophobic social media postings resurfaced this week, but instead said the comic should have used the moment to raise awareness. “ Kevin Hart shouldn ’ t

GLAAD says Kevin Hart ‘ shouldn ’ t have stepped down ’ from Oscars : ‘ He should have stepped up ’. With a late-night announcement, Kevin Hart decided to step down as 2019’s Oscars host in light of the backlash surrounding his past homophobic comments.

GLAAD says Kevin Hart ‘shouldn’t have stepped down’ from Oscars: ‘He should have stepped up’ © Cliff Lipson/CBS/Getty Images GLAAD says Kevin Hart ‘shouldn’t have stepped down’ from Oscars: ‘He should have stepped up’

With a late-night announcement, Kevin Hart decided to step down as 2019’s Oscars host in light of the backlash surrounding his past homophobic comments. Many supported the decision, but GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis believes it could’ve all happened much differently.

“Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” Ellis said in a statement released to EW. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him. The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host.”

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US comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets. He said he stepped down so as not to be a distraction on a night that should be. © Cliff Lipson/CBS/Getty Images GLAAD says Kevin Hart

GLAAD CEO says Hart should have remained host and used the major platform to bring attention to LGBTQ issues. One controversial joke from Hart ’s 2010 comedy special, “Seriously Funny,” included a bit where the comedian thought about how he would react if his son grew up as a gay man.

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences revealed Hart as their pick for Oscars host, his problematic past came back to haunt him. Users on social media unearthed his past stand-up comedy routines and tweets in which he jokes about doing everything in his power to prevent his son from being gay.

In one of the more eye-grabbing instances, he tweeted, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

Hart, perhaps inadvertently, exacerbated the controversy when he did not issue an initial apology, but instead “passed” on the opportunity, claiming he addressed the situation “several times” already. GLAAD also previously tweeted that the organization “reached out to @ABCNetwork, @TheAcademy and @KevinHart4real’s management to discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage.”

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GLAAD would rather Kevin Hart hadn’t quit as Oscars host, with its leader expressing disappointment Friday morning on social media and on CNN. “ Kevin Hart shouldn ’ t have stepped down ; he should have stepped up ,” tweeted Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the LGBTQ advocacy group.

Following Kevin Hart ' stepping down as Oscars host, GLAAD has offered a response, saying they wish he had turned this into a 'teachable moment.' we are marginalized in this country.” In an official follow- up statement, Ellis said that “ Kevin Hart shouldn ’ t have stepped down ; he should have

The formal apology came later when Hart announced he was bowing out of the Oscars ceremony.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Ellis appeared on CNN’s New Day to elaborate on the matter, noting “it wasn’t the conclusion I think everybody would’ve liked.” She clarified that she wasn’t in “direct contact” with Hart, but spoke with his representatives. “From his actions,” she added, it seemed like he wanted to address “this teachable moment” on “his own terms.”

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Read More: Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting the Oscars : ‘I Do Not Want to Be a Distraction’. In an interview with CNN, embedded below, Ellis said GLAAD Ellis and GLAAD had hoped Hart would remain host so that he could use such a major platform to bring people together on LGBTQ issues.

" Kevin Hart shouldn ’ t have stepped down ; he should have stepped up ,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. " Hart ’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness.

“We were hoping that this was going to turn into a teachable moment, that Kevin Hart would still be hosting the Oscars and he would be using this moment not only to show his evolution around the LGBTQ community but also to then use the Oscars stage, one of the biggest stages in the world, to help build unity and awareness around the LGBTQ community and how we are marginalized in this country,” Ellis said.

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