entertainment 5 months ago

Oscar Host Kevin Hart Defends Anti-Gay Past Amid Escalating Backlash

TVLine — Michael Ausiello

Newly-minted Oscar host Kevin Hart‘s attempt to quell a growing backlash concerning his anti-gay social media history has itself triggered a backlash.

Following Tuesday’s announcement that the actor/comedian had been tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, Hart’s homophobic twitter past has come under new scrutiny. The swelling controversy prompted Hart to release the following statement on Instagram on Thursday.

Hart’s comments drew widespread scorn on Twitter, with some calling for the Academy to drop him as Oscar host.

A rep for GLAAD, meanwhile, tells USA Today that the organization has “reached out to ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart’s management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage. They have not yet responded.”