Kevin Hart Is Deleting His Past Anti-Gay Tweets After Getting Oscars Gig

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart is deleting his past homophobic tweets after he was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars.

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.'”

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.

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.

Others were of the opinion that bygones should remain bygones, and that Hart was making jokes that he has since learned not to make.

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