Kevin Hart, who was picked this week to host the next Academy Awards ceremony, faced criticism Thursday for a series past homophobic tweets that he reportedly deleted — forcing him to respond to the uproar in a social media post.
“If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past — then do you,” Hart said in an Instagram video posted on Thursday night. “I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. If you’re not doing that, you’re not on my page.”
Hart reportedly deleted the messages — some of which were nearly a decade old — only after getting picked to host the 2019 awards show on Wednesday.
When news organizations noticed what he did, they started reposting screen grabs of the messages, including one from 2011 that 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.”
Other tweets still live on Hart’s Twitter include messages like: “I just saw a n—a put a whole chicken wing in his mouth and pull it out with no meat on it!!!!!! God damn that was gay.”
GLAAD, the gay rights advocacy organization, wrote on Twitter that they reached out to Hart, ABC Network and the Oscars to discuss the tweets. It’s unclear if anyone has responded to them.
In a message below his Instagram video, Hart said “I LOVE EVERYBODY” but offered no clear apology.
“I am truly happy people … there is nothing that you can do to change that … NOTHING,” he wrote in the caption. “I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all … with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me.”
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