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Kevin Hart steps down from Oscars hosting gig. We talk the Academy, track records and apologies




US actor/comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.
US actor/comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.
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Just a few days after being tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards, comedian Kevin Hart is stepping down from the role after backlash to his past homophobic tweets and stand-up.

After the hosting announcement, online outrage started gathering around the Academy’s choice. Online users posted example of Hart’s old tweets, as well as stand-up in which he expressed homophobic sentiment and said he wouldn’t want his son to be gay.

Kevin Hart posted a video reacting to the backlash with frustration. He then received a call from the Academy requesting an apology for his homophobic tweets, which Hart refused to give, saying he had already addressed and righted those wrongs.

Shortly after, he stepped down from the Oscar’s and apologized to the LGBT community.

What do you think of the online backlash and how Kevin Hart handled the situation? What was the Academy’s responsibility in all this? How should offensive statements from one’s past affect future prospects? Should Hart’s previous apologies been enough, and if not, what kind of apology would have been appropriate?

Guest:

Elahe Izadi, pop culture reporter for the Washington Post; she tweets @ElaheIzadi