On February 24, the Academy Awards are going to be broadcast, likely with the same relative blandness of its past iterations. In an attempt to liven up this year’s ceremony, comedian Kevin Hart was contracted to host, until he was grilled for a series of homophobic tweets from his past. While the Oscars could admittedly use a little more flavor, if Hart was going to spice up the ceremony with unfunny homophobic jokes, I’m glad that he was benched this time around.
The most talked-about tweet from Hart’s feed was the following from 2010, “Yo if my son comes home and try’s 2 play with my daughter’s doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice “stop that’s gay”.
Admittedly, the cartoonish image of someone having a dollhouse broken over their head provides knee-jerk comic relief. What is not funny, however, is the amount of queer youth who have suffered real physical harm at the hands of abusive parents and peers.
Though this was years ago, his tweet wasn’t in isolation.
In the same span of time, Hart also made tweets which mocked individuals with AIDS, called someone a “fag” (like the most creative of 6th-grade bullies), and said in a stand-up special that “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay...if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will”.