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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

Academy President John Bailey: Why Kevin Hart Is the Right Choice to Host the Oscars

Academy President John Bailey: Why Kevin Hart Is the Right Choice to Host the Oscars Kevin Hart is ready for his Oscar close-up. And now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey tells Variety that he’s “very excited” to see what the funny man will do when he makes his hosting debut next year. 

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 did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people". The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday.

Kevin Hart says he has 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

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.”

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.

— Kevin Hart (@ KevinHart 4real) December 7, 2018. Hart ’s response to criticism over earlier tweets deemed homophobic by some on Thursday further inflamed a Hart ’s attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand- up act. In the 2010 special Seriously Funny, he said “one of

Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig. The move came amid a mounting controversy after old tweets surfaced in which Hart expressed anti- gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology and slurs.

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.”

How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the LGBTQ Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams

How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the LGBTQ Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams Kevin Hart’s failure to quickly and effectively respond to controversy over his homophobic tweets shows that celebrities have little margin for error when faced with a burgeoning scandal. Over the span of 24 hours, Hart’s dreams of hosting the Oscars went up in smoke after the comic offered up two non-apologies that were alternately churlish, defiant, and indignant. “In this day and age you’ve got minutes, if not seconds to deal with a crisis,” said Andrew Blum, head of the crisis PR firm AJB Communications. “You always offer the most apologetic statement first and he didn’t.” That didn’t happen.

Kevin Hart . The next Oscars host faces a backlash over hundreds of homophobic jokes. Those tweets and many more like them were up as recently as Tuesday, the day Hart was GLAAD has reached out to ABC, the Academy and Kevin Hart ’s management to "discuss his rhetoric and record

Comedian Kevin Hart is cleansing his social media feed after anti- gay tweets by the performer recently resurfaced following his announcement as the next Oscars host. Benjamin Lee, an editor at the Guardian, was one of the first to point out Hart ’s old tweets following the Oscars announcement.

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.”

Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on 'SNL': Watch

Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on 'SNL': Watch “Didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?” he asked, referencing controversial racist statements the director made a few years ago. “Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars then no black comic is. The only black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next 3-10 years,” Che said as a picture of Bill Cosby was shown.

Oscars host Kevin Hart says the Academy has asked him to apologize for years-old homophobic tweets or the organization will cut ties. UPDATE: Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars . I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar 's….this is because I do

He claimed that he ’s not the man he was, and that he shouldn ’ t be judged by the yardstick of his I certainly believe that Kevin Hart can grow, and that if and when he does he should be invited to host the By Thursday night, he had stepped down . The turn of events followed outcry over previous

“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.

Oprah said she will NOT host the Oscars... after her friend Kevin Hart stepped down from the job due to furor over old homophobic jokes.
Oprah Winfrey doesn't want to host the Oscars. The 64-year-old media mogul is known for her work as the host of her eponymously titled talk show, but has said she isn't looking to fill in as the host of the Academy Awards in 2019 after Kevin Hart - who was previously lined up for the prestigious job - quit the position following the controversy that arose when his previous homophobic tweets were resurfaced. When asked by TMZ if she would consider hosting the Oscars if the Academy were to ask her, Oprah simply said: 'No.' Get Hard star Kevin, 39, stepped down as host after past homophobic tweets he'd posted re-emerged, and said he didn't want to be a 'distraction'.

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