Following the revelation that Kevin Hart would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, some tweets from his past reared their ugly heads, and some people have suggested they were quite homophobic. On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year.
Just a day later, a journalist by the name of Benjamin Lee said on the 5th of December that he wondered how long it would take Kevin before he started deleting all of his old messages.
The editor for The Guardian published a series of tweets from the comedian that expressed his fear of having a gay son who played with dollhouses and other female-oriented toys.
In 2009 as well as in January 2011, Kevin once again made a homophobic joke about how “DamienDW” looked like a “gay billboard for AIDS.” In his comedy special from 2010, Kevin joked that he would do his best as a heterosexual male to stop his son from being gay.
And in 2009 again, Kevin joked that he saw the “biggest gay man ever,” saying that it looked like “Hulk Hogan with heels on.” Regarding the supposed controversy on Instagram, Kevin told his followers and all of those concerned to “stop looking for reasons to be negative.”
As for the responses on Twitter, many people online aren’t buying the idea that he has since progressed as a person. Other comedians have been more forgiving.
— Alan Palmer ?️? (@PalmerAlan) December 6, 2018
On Thursday, Billy Eichner defended Kevin for making what he called “tasteless jokes,” however, according to Eichner, it depends a lot on the context. Billy said that what bothered him, however, was the fact he could sense or see real “anger and fear” behind them.
Previously, Kevin was dealing with controversy once again when he, his ex-wife, and Eniko Parrish, celebrated their child’s birthday with cowboys and Indians costumes.
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.