Kevin Hart’s homophobic past is coming back to haunt him.
When it was announced this week that the 39-year-old comedian would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards, people immediately began to question whether he was the right person for the job given his history of antigay remarks.
Now, in what appears to be an effort to do damage control, Hart has been frantically deleting old tweets that may not sit well with people who are offended by gay jokes, AIDS jokes, antigay slurs, and, you know, homophobia, in general.
Here’s just a small handful of the tweets:
Other tweets include Hart calling critics “f*g boy”, “gay face”, “fat faced f*g”, and “man bitch”, and repeatedly using the phrases “no homo” and “no homo gay”.
As one Twitter user observed, Hart’s Twitter page was filled with antigay sentiment until around 2010… which also happens to be the year his career really took off after his first stand-up special was a hit… the same stand-up special where he “joked” about how his “biggest fear” in life was having a gay son.
In 2015, Hart told Rolling Stone he said he probably wouldn’t make that same joke again, not because it was homophobic, but because people have become too “sensitive” and it’s just not worth the backlash.
Also in 2015, he also said he would never play a gay character because he would feel too “insecure”, and he appeared in the bro-com “Get Hard” which was chocked full of gay jokes and endless talk about anal sex and male rape.
And on February 24, 2019, he will be hosting what is shaping up to be the queerest Academy Awards ceremony in history.
Here’s what people on Twitter have been saying about the whole thing…
Niggas gonna act like people dug deep to try and bury Kevin Hart but dude was so proud of the shitty gay joke he worked it into a stand-up special and defended it years later.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) December 6, 2018
I don't really have strong feelings on Kevin Hart, but why would you hire a host with a history of homophobic jokes for the *Oscars*?
— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) December 5, 2018
I see that @TheAcademy settled on @KevinHart4real, one of the most homophobic people in Hollywood, to host #TheOscars . Surprisingly, it will air on @ABCNetwork, which axed Roseanne (rightfully so) for similar vile behavior. wtf, Academy/abc?!? #Oscars pic.twitter.com/mJVHMQMsDU
— Efrain Franco (@efie) December 6, 2018
By tomorrow Kevin Hart will issue a statement. He is sorry if you’re offended. It’s just jokes. He loves gay people. Free speech. There should be no barriers to comedy. Etc etc etc.
— roxane gay (@rgay) December 6, 2018
Surprisingly, I’m more offended by his spelling than his homophobia. Closed minds should come with closed mouths, especially when the person is as unlettered and toxically boisterous as @KevinHart4real
— Marcellus Pierce (@marcellusrabbit) December 5, 2018
Tracee Ellis Ross.
But alright. Go with Kevin Hart.#Oscars
— Doug Jamieson (@itsdougjam) December 5, 2018
you know what would suck? If Kevin Hart had some old homophobic tweets that resurface after he tells everyone he's achieved his dream position.
Anyway, I'm sure he's cool with his kids being gay so no worries there!
— mike (@mikeandvikes) December 6, 2018
Kevin Hart's management deleting his homophobic tweets: pic.twitter.com/9bRQ2Zqjqk
— Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) December 6, 2018
In all seriousness, Kevin Hart is openly homophobic and sexist on top of just not being funny and doesn’t deserve to host something mostly beloved by women and gay men.
— Kyndall??? (@kyndallrene) December 5, 2018
"Due to scheduling conflict, Mr. Hart will no longer be hosting the Oscars".
— ThomasCrown?? (@17thomascrown) December 6, 2018