After Twitter users dug up old racy tweets from Kevin Hart he was relieved of his Oscar hosting duties, but celebrities like Ellen Degeneres think he deserves a second chance.
Kevin Hart landed his dream job after being tapped to host the Oscars but shortly after old tweets of his started to resurface. Fans were outraged and labeled the comedian homophobic.
I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm
— Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) December 5, 2018
Kevin Hart shared that the Academy would let him keep the gig on one condition-that he apologize! But he refused because he shared that he has apologized for the statements multiple times in the past. Since then, the Oscars has had a hard time finding a replacement.
Kevin recently made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show and the host, who is openly gay, spoke out in support of him being reinstated by the Oscars. On the episode, Ellen urged Kevin to reconsider his position and also shared that she reached out to someone at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on behalf of the comedian.
I expected Ellen to actually ask Kevin Hart some sort of challenging question. Anything, really. But instead, it was just one long monologue from Kevin interspersed with Ellen’s approval. That interview made me miss the previous talk show hosts that asked tough questions.
— deray (@deray) January 4, 2019
Never thought Ellen would do a “hold my beer” on the Kevin Hart situation.
Then again, White Gayze 🤷🏾♂️
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 4, 2019
Kevin: Gay people are in a conspiracy
Ellen: Please host the Oscars. pic.twitter.com/jbRCGevJVt
— Happy Houlidays (@RyanHoulihan) January 4, 2019
In light of Ellen absolving Kevin Hart for his history of homophobic remarks, this seems like a good time to reiterate that no one member of a marginalized identity can forgive a bigot on behalf of the entire group.
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) January 4, 2019
Ellen to Kevin Hart: “don’t let those people win, host the Oscars”.
“Those people” are your community, Ellen. The ones who stood behind you when people like Kevin thought you were less than enough to be on TV.
He’s not sorry. His lame interview/Insta posts proved that.
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) January 4, 2019
(1) First, the people who brought up Kevin Hart's past tweets — like me — were not, as Ellen characterized, "haters." The host of the Oscars had made anti-gay jokes, and LGBT people who love the Oscars were legitimately startled to see just how harsh his words were. It wasn't a…
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 4, 2019
As a Black queer someone who, when my body began to manifest aspects of my identity even I was unaware of was punched in the chest by Black men in my family and told to “man up,” Ellen can’t and doesn’t speak for me. #KevinHart https://t.co/biFbhtGTdm
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) January 4, 2019
And furthermore, Ellen can't forgive someone on behalf of the community, LOL. That's NOT how that works! I think she gave Kevin a pass instead of having an actually productive conversation about what these words and attitudes mean and how prevalent they are in our society.
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) January 4, 2019
Watching Ellen because you can’t really get the nuance of the Kevin Hart interview unless it’s preceded by white women dancing in the aisles
— Ira (@ira) January 4, 2019
Also, Kevin Hart's thesis in this Ellen interview is, "People ruined my fun and I got upset people ruined my fun and I might have behaved better except people ruined MY FUN on a day that was supposed to be about me." And this is the MATURE version of Kevin Hart.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) January 4, 2019
So. much. this.
I love Ellen. I do. But like me, she has no personal experience of what it's like to be a queer person of color and the discrimination they face. It's important we listen to those voices and their views on Kevin Hart's displays of homophobia. https://t.co/BmyZ69It2I
— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) January 4, 2019