Kevin Hart Addressed His Past Anti-Gay Tweets But Didn't Apologize
After deleting old, anti-gay tweets that recently resurfaced, comedian Kevin Hart responded to the controversy on Instagram, telling people to “stop searching for reasons to be angry” after it was announced that he will be the next Oscars host.
“Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry,” Hart wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption alongside a video of himself. “I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in.
“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.”
Following Tuesday’s announcement that Hart will be the next Oscars host, some people started to point out anti-gay tweets that the comedian posted in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
“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,’” one tweet that Hart has since deleted stated.
A spokesperson for GLAAD told BuzzFeed News that the LGBT media monitoring group had reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart’s management to discuss “his rhetoric and record, as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage.”
In a video Hart posted addressing the controversy, the comedian said, “My team calls me, ‘Oh my god Kevin, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago.’”
“If you don’t believe that people don’t change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you,” he continued. “If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you.”
The actor did not issue an apology.