Kevin Hart has addressed escalating concerns over a long history of hate speech and derogatory jokes about the LGBTQ community on social media, resurfaced in national news after he was named host of the Oscars on Thursday.
Hart acknowledged that his team phoned urgently saying people were upset about a tweet from “eight years ago. I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,” Hart posted in a video to Instagram.
Dating as far back as 2009, the tweets seemed to bubble furiously to the top of timelines across the web when industry types and film fans connected that Hart would take the stage for an annual event sacred to American women and gay men, as well as cinephiles and show business brass. It was also not lost on many that this year could see a number of LGBT-themed films sweep nominations.
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