Kevin Hart Bows Out as Oscar Host After White PC Liberals Unite Against Him


When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced actor and comedian Kevin Hart as next year’s Oscars host, it was fairly late in the game and there were rumors that they were having trouble finding a host. People started talking about whether Hart’s comedy would translate to the performance.

Then people started talking about Hart’s old tweets and routines. Two days later, he was out and the Oscars were searching for a host again.

Hart stepped down Friday after several articles derided him for using the words “homo” and “gay,” as well as slurs of a stronger nature, stretching back the better part of a decade.

Critics also hit back at a routine that was part of his 2010 “Seriously Funny” stand-up special in which he discussed his fear of his child being gay.

“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear,” Hart said in the routine. “Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.

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“Now with that being said, I don’t know if I handled my son’s first gay moment correctly. Every kid has a gay moment, but when it happens, you’ve got to nip it in the bud.”

The choice of Hart quickly attracted articles arguing against his hosting in publications like The Guardian.

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“Hiring Hart is an indicative misstep that highlights how homophobia, casual or blatant, is still de-prioritized in comparison with other discriminatory belief systems,” Benjamin Lee wrote. “In the past few years, the Twitter feeds, routines and off-stage behaviors of comics have been pored over for signs of impropriety and numerous figures have been duly taken to task. But gay jokes remain somehow acceptable.”

Variety, in a post-mortem, said, “Kevin Hart’s comic tweets about the LGBTQ community, which basically consist of the aggressive flaunting of a lot of dumb and angry homophobic stereotypes (‘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,”‘ can leave you with a slightly queasy feeling.

“Yes, most of the tweets date back seven or eight years. And no, it’s not as if Hart should be banned from stand-up comedy, or that we should now organize a boycott of ‘The Upside,’ his upcoming buddy farce with Bryan Cranston. Yet Kevin Hart was not the right choice to host the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019, and so it’s a good thing that he’s stepping down. Those tweets marked him as the wrong person — the wrong host — at the wrong time.”

Hart tried to contextualize the remarks via an Instagram video in which he said people bringing up his past tweets were spreading negativity.

“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,” Hart said in the clip. “If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”

That put the liberal outrage machine into overdrive:

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Hart would eventually back down:

It’s unknown who the next Oscars host will be; no doubt this will be a process fraught with identity politics. However, it was celebrated as a victory for some on Twitter, like Vulture writer Mark Harris.

PJ Media writer Jim Treacher may have had the best response for this:

One thing’s for certain: Whoever the Academy picks next is going to undergo a lot of scrutiny.

Yes, Kevin Hart made some jokes, mostly underlying his own insecurities. These are old jokes, obviously. The most recent thing I saw that he was pilloried for was the 2015 movie “Get Hard,” a movie in which he tries to prepare Will Ferrell for a prison sentence and which contains a lot of gay jokes of a predictable variety. (Ferrell’s still good though, right?)

While Hart’s non-apology apology may have angered some people, he was contextualizing his remarks. After that, the knives were out. And they’re going to stay out for whoever ends up with the role.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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