Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Kevin Hart Issues New Apology To The LGBTQ Community Over Offensive Remarks

HDon Lemon right urged Kevin Hart left to be more of an ally to the LGBTQ community HDon Lemon right urged Kevin Hart left to be more of an ally to the LGBTQ community
Charles Bowen | 09 January, 2019, 16:07

Hart went on to equate the response he had received to his first apology as a form of "bullying", adding that "it turns into, you're bullying them because now, now that I said what I said the way that I would say it because I'm me, you're now trying to change me into becoming what version of me you want me to be". "These weren't words that I said to gay individuals". He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right".

In a post on Instagram, Hart said he got a call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was asked to apologize for his prior tweets or step down as host. After facing some criticism for his appearance on Ellen last week, Hart further addressed the controversy over his old "homophobic" jokes on his Sirius XM radio show. "I don't have a homophobic bone in my body". "We thought it was OK to talk like that, because that's how we talked to one another". I didn't say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb asses on Twitter going back and forth with each other. "Like Don Lemon goes on CNN and he's like, 'You can fix this, become an ally.' That's not my life dream". "This is wrong now". He did not name any of those people.

Now the father-of-three is hoping to help people become more accepting of the LGBTQ community, concluding his show by telling listeners: "I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change". "I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago. "'Hey, let's not do this. I understand you. But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change". But the Philly native admitted that he's not interested in being a full-on ally for the LGBTQ community and doesn't appreciate feeling pressured. "Where does the equality part come in?"

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Some on social media took offense with DeGeneres supporting Hart and the interview. He also issued another apology for the tweets and said he'd do better going forward.

Then last week, he spoke to Ellen DeGeneres in his first interview since stepping down, and she asked him to reconsider hosting the awards show. The veteran comedian has shut down the idea of replacing Kevin Hart to host next month's Oscars ceremony.

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