Oscars host Kevin Hart slammed over past tweets

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He’s one of the Hollywood’s most popular comedians but Kevin Hart has proved an unpopular pick as this year’s Oscars host. Here’s why.

Oscars host Kevin Hart slammed over past tweets
Oscars host Kevin Hart is facing a backlash over homophobic past tweets. Picture: Angela Weiss

The announcement of Kevin Hart as this year’s Oscars host has sparked an angry backlash after homophobic comments from the comedian resurfaced online.

But Hart has hit back at criticism, arguing his critics are “looking for reasons to be angry” and that he is in “great mature place where all I do is spread positivity”.

Kevin Hart has found himself under fire for past tweets. Picture: Angela Weiss/ AFP

After Hart was announced as next year’s Oscars host the comedian began deleting anti-gay posts from his Twitter, Buzzfeed reported.

But several of the tweets were screenshot by Twitter users like journalist Benjamin Lee and spread online, sparking an angry reaction.

The Guardian also reported that Hart had made similar anti-gay comments in his comedy routines, with the performer telling an audience in 2010: “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay”.

Hart has addressed the controversy but did not apologise. Picture: Jordan Strauss

Hart soon responded to the controversy in a video posted to Instagram but didn’t apologise for the tweets.

“The team calls me, ‘oh my god Kevin the world is upset about tweets you did years ago,’ oh my god,” Hart said, rubbing his eyes in frustration.

“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old, if you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you.

“If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify their past then do you, 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, get out of my page.”

Brett Ratner resigned as Oscars producer in 2011 after he made a homophobic comment in an interview promoting his movie Tower Heist . Picture: Valerie Macon

It’s not the first time the Oscars have come under fire over its show entertainment, with Brett Ratner resigning from his role as the ceremony’s producer in 2011.

The Hollywood producer faced a backlash after a video went viral of him saying “rehearsing is for fags” while promoting his 2011 film Tower Heist.

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