Kevin Hart Addresses Homophobic Tweets: "People Change, Grow, Evolve"

US actor  comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall

US actor comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall

While those who watch the Oscars - a number that seems to dwindle year by year - always seem discontent as the awards show's choice of host, this year there was a strong sense of backlash when years-old tweets from the comedian resurfaced in which he was blatantly homophobic.

Kevin Hart says he won't be hosting the Oscars this year.

Hart posted on Twitter an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words. I don't know what to tell you, " said Hart, who added, in all-caps: "I love everybody".

But several of the tweets were screenshot by Twitter users like journalist Benjamin Lee and spread online, sparking an angry reaction.

On Thursday afternoon, Hart took to Instagram to post a video and caption expressing his support for the real victim in all this: himself.

Another tweet, from 2009, used the derogatory "F" word that's used to describe gay people.

Earlier Thursday, Hart said in an Instagram video that the tweets were from "eight years ago", but did not apologize.

"I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars", Hart continued. Wrong Eniko, I'm judging him right now.

Hart was tapped the host the Oscars earlier this week, amid reports that the job had become increasingly hard to fill. But we hope he has a handsome day.

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative", Hart wrote in the previous Instagram post.

But would he still be busy loving his kids if one of them came out as gay?

On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year. I've said who I am now versus who I was then.

What do you think of the Kevin Hart tweets and how he's responded to them? When talking about gay people as though they were an animal species we reluctantly had to coexist with appeared perfectly acceptable in the 1980's, Eddie Murphy dedicated a suspiciously large section of his act to it.

As noted by Rolling Stone, Hart previously said during his 2010 "Seriously Funny" stand-up that "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".

"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older.

The 91st Academy Awards take place in February, so the Academy will have to move quickly to find a replacement host.

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