On Wednesday afternoon, comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards. Barely 24 hours later, he stepped down from the gig.

Between those bookends, Hart’s homophobic past, which included 40+ tweets featuring gay jokes, AIDS jokes, antigay slurs, and other homophobic rhetoric, resurfaced, prompting a huge public outcry.

Late last night, the 39-year-old comedian tweeted:

He followed that up this morning with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

We’re pretty sure Dr. King wasn’t thinking about stand-up comedians with homophobic pasts who rake in $1 million a show when he said that, but we digress.

The reactions to Hart stepping down from the Oscars gig have been all over the map. Some people support the decision. Others support Hart’s homophobic past. And some really aren’t yet sure how they feel about the whole thing.

Check out what people are saying…








Related: Kevin Hart’s Oscar invitation exposes Hollywood’s ongoing double standard toward gays

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