The Guardian journalist Benjamin Lee pointed out Hart’s old anti-gay tweets following the Oscars announcement. “I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets,” tweeted Lee above four screenshots of the since-deleted tweets in which Hart repeatedly uses the word “fag” and calls someone “a gay bill board for AIDS.”
Another now-deleted tweet from 2011 read : “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.'”
I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm
— Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) December 5, 2018
Lee wrote a piece for The Guardian on Wednesday chronicling Hart’s “vile history of documented homophobia.” He points to the comedian’s 2010 Seriously Funny standup special in which a lengthy joke relies wholly on Hart’s fear that his three-year-old son, Hendrix, will turn out to be gay. He says:
One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.
“Hart’s obsession with making unfunny, disrespectful and inappropriate jokes about a community he has shown nothing but bile for along with a string of unrepentant responses to any criticism paints him as someone entirely undeserving of a spot on the Oscars stage,” wrote Lee.
He points to other instances of Hart’s flagrant homophobia, referencing a 2015 Rolling Stone profile in which Hart refuses to discuss the joke about Hendrix, and the time he admitted to turning down a role in Tropic Thunder because his character was gay and acted “real fragrant.”
Though Hart has adamantly denied being anti-gay, BuzzFeed News reporter Adam B. Vary found dozens of instances in which the comedian used homophobic slurs in his past tweets.
After seeing this @benfraserlee tweet, I did a search for every time Kevin Hart tweeted "fag," "homo," or "gay." It was…a lot. And he seems to have basically stopped tweeting those words after 2011 — i.e. the year his first stand-up movie became a hit. https://t.co/P8nTOilFgx pic.twitter.com/6uzPhnvt4F
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) December 5, 2018
— Joe Stephenson (@JoeStephenson) December 5, 2018
Why allow Hart to host the Oscars, asks Lee, if back in 2011, Brett Ratner was removed as Oscars producer for saying “rehearsal is for fags”?
Many on Twitter were surprised to learn of Hart’s past tweets and called for his removal as Oscars host.
WHAT?! HOW could @TheAcademy hire this homophobic asshole?!
— 𝖏 𝖎 𝖑 𝖑 𝕶 𝖆 𝖗 𝖌 𝖒 𝖆 𝖓 (@jillkargman) December 5, 2018
Yikes, this isn’t even a joke – he’s being serious.
Intolerance is a mindset and not something that is easily “changeable.” https://t.co/PGPzAJXxoF
— DakotaCoty (@DakotaCoty) December 6, 2018
Others were of the opinion that bygones should remain bygones, and that Hart was making jokes that he has since learned not to make.
no offense to gays but y’all are too sensitive, these tweets are over 5 years old… gay marriage just became legal in 2015, going back to the past isn’t gonna help your situation in the present. @KevinHart4real is a comedian, smart gays know that kev is above this now lol https://t.co/UpQqK4ohnZ
— Ki 🔑 (@Kimani1_) December 6, 2018
Imagine going back 8 years to try and ruin someone’s future by bringimg up stupid idiotic tweets aimed at his friends in a joking matter. Mans grew up a lot and changed a lot. This dickhead write anything for a retweet! https://t.co/Vx7T7m6Bf1
— Joseph Dunn (@JosephDunn8) December 6, 2018
Just another white soyboy tryna keep a successful black man down. https://t.co/FrlM2mp2dH
— Video Game Lover (@RaiTheLightning) December 6, 2018
In the aforementioned Rolling Stone peice, Hart defended his joke about having a gay son explaining how “It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it?” He added: “Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently.”
He also said he’d never make a similar joke today due to the social climate. “…When I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now,” he said. “I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can.”
h/t The Guardian