Ellen recently had Kevin Hart on her show to talk about his Oscar controversy.
Kevin stepped down from hosting the 2019 awards ceremony when he refused to release an official apology for homophobic tweets that date back almost a decade ago, one of which 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.’”
In the interview with Ellen, Hart claimed that he apologized over and over again for his tweets in past press runs. Thus, he felt like he didn’t need to apologize again and he felt “attacked” when people kept trying to bring it up.
Ellen agreed that people were too hard on Kevin and she even called the Academy to get his hosting gig back. “I really want you to host the Oscars,” DeGeneres said when Hart appeared on the show, which aired Friday.
Ellen then went on for about a minute on how Kevin “has grown” and he shouldn’t let the “trolls” try to bring him down.
Not once did Ellen ask Kevin how he’s grown since his 2009 to 2012 tweets.
What knowledge does he now have about LGBTQ bullying rates or suicide rates and how his past words can fuel such culture. What words would Kevin now have for his Black son if he ever came out as LGBTQ. Ellen’s show would have been the perfect platform for Kevin to make clear his “new” stance on LGBT issues.
Kevin also has yet to re-post or retweet his alleged “past apologies.” Don’t you think this would be helpful in his argument that he’s apologized before?
On top of all this, is it really Ellen’s place to forgive Kevin on behalf of the entire LGBTQ community??? Why campaign for Kevin to host the Oscars and not your other queer or queer-friendly friends like Wanda Sykes? It literally feels like Hart called his gay BFF to get him out of a messy situation and Ellen completely took the bait.
Kevin Hart will have a career whether he hosts the Oscars or not.
But in Ellen’s case, this could have been a great opportunity to ask more about Kevin’s growth on LGBT issues…and she completely dropped the ball.
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