Kevin Hart Oscar Controversy: Host defends anti-gay tweets



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Oscar-winning brother-in-law Kevin Hart, in an attempt to contain a growing reaction to his anti-gay social media story provoked a backlash.

Following Tuesday's announcement that the actor / comedian was nominated to host the 91st Oscar on February 24, Hart's homophobic past for Twitter is under new review. The swelling controversy prompted Hart to release the following statement on Instagram on Thursday.

Stop looking for reasons to be negative. Stop looking for reasons to get angry. I swear I wish you could see / feel / understand the mental place that I am. I'm really happy people … there's nothing you can do to change that. ANYTHING. I work hard every day to spread positivity to everyone … with that being said, if you want to research my past or past history and get irritated with what you think is right for me. I'm almost 40 years old and I'm in love with the man I'm becoming. You live and learn and you grow and mature. I live to love. Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please. What he understood should never be said. I LOVE EVERYONE … ONCE AGAIN. If you choose not to believe me, then that is up to you. Have a great day.

Hart's remarks made a mockery on Twitter, with some urging the Academy to leave him as an Oscar host.

A GLAAD representative, in turn, told USA Today that the organization "sought out ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart's management to discuss their rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars. They have not answered yet. "

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