Kevin Hart Responds to Critics over Deleting Old Anti-Gay Tweets

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Eastern time, Hart said he got a call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was asked to apologize for his prior tweets, or step down as host. "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists".

When news organizations noticed what he did, they started reposting screen grabs of the messages, including one from 2011 that 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".

GLAAD has also sprung into action, contacting the Academy, Hart's management, and ABC to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage", according to the organization's chief communications officer Rich Ferraro, THR reports. "Stop searching for reasons to be angry", Hart wrote in his Instagram, along with a grainy video of him shirtless expressing the same sentiments.

"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old".

"I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we're going to have to move on to find another host, ' talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010", Hart said in a video posted to Instagram.

Capping a swift fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be a distraction. "If you choose to not believe me then that's on you.Have a attractive day".

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

It'd be one thing if this was a one-time tweet (Still bad, but not as bad), or if he apologized, or if he didn't call out people who were alarmed by him repeatedly using the word "gay" or "fag" in a derogatory manner. "But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". Then, homophobic tweets between 2009 and 2011 were unearthed, sparking outrage. "I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in", he continued.

Hart reportedly deleted a number of homophobic messages - some of which were almost a decade old - after getting picked to host the 2019 awards show on Tuesday.

Twitter users online took offense at the way in which they chose to celebrate their child's birthday, suggesting they were inadvertently supporting "genocidal history" and the like, despite the fact the vast majority of Native-Americans who passed away, died from disease and viruses, rather than from European settlers.

It's not the first time an Oscars host has been forced to answer for anti-gay remarks.

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