Kevin Hart faces reactions over homophobic tweets after being named Oscar host



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Kevin Hart's response on Thursday to criticism of earlier homophobic tweets further inflamed the comedian's reaction two days after he was named the next Oscar.

On Thursday, Hart wrote on the Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" after tweets of years in which he used gay insults. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart resting on the bed cautiously said he would not "let the madness fool me".

"I'm almost 40. If you do not believe that people change, they grow, they evolve? I do not know what to say," said Hart, who added, in capital letters: "I love everyone."

Hart speaks on stage during CinemaCon 2018, the official convention of the National Theater Owners Association, on April 25 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for CinemaCon)

Since then, Hart has eliminated some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated 2009-2011. But they had already been captured on the screen and shared online with the virus. In 2011, he wrote in a deleted tweet: "Hey, if my son comes home and tries to play with my daughters' dollhouse, I'll go over his head and say" my voice "stop being gay."

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. No special 2010 Seriously funny"One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay," he said.

"Keep in mind I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gays, do what you want, but I, being a heterosexual man, if I can stop my son from being gay, I will," Hart said.

Hart wrote back to his critics on the Instagram, telling them to stop being negative. (Phillip Faraone / Getty Images)

GLAAD, the LGBTQ rights advocacy group, said on Thursday it had contacted ABC, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's rhetoric and anti-LGBT record."

The comedian and actor Billy Eichner was among those on social networks who were disappointed by Hart's response.

The film academy announced Tuesday Hart as host of its ceremony in February. Representatives from the academy and ABC did not respond to Thursday's messages.

It is not the first time an Oscar host is forced to respond for anti-gay comments. Before the 2012 Oscar, producer Brett Ratner, who had been paired with host Eddie Murphy, resigned days after using a gay insult at a movie screening. Murphy soon left too.

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