These past two weeks we have been talking about things in the media that should have been censored or not even posted at all. We have been having discussions with our fellow classmates about different situations and share our views on these topics. During our discussion cycle I chose to write about how Kevin Hart had to step down from hosting the 2019 Oscars because of some homophobic tweets he had posted back in 2011.
People view social media as a way to publicly and freely share their opinions about a bunch of different things. What they don’t realize is that somethings don’t belong out in the open and on social media. They don’t realize that once it’s out there it is out there forever and there is no taking it back. I am always very careful with what I post on social media whether it be my Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. I know that it could possibly affect my future and career.
A couple years ago Kevin Hart tweeted very homophobic tweets saying things along the lines of, “if my son comes home and plays with my daughter’s dolls, I am going to break it and say stop that’s gay.” He had a couple other tweets that mentioned “gay” and “homo” things but this was one of the main ones that got brought up. He was receiving a lot of backlash and hate for these tweets that they needed to be addressed.
These tweets resurfaced right after Kevin Hart was named the host of the 2019 Oscars. Although these tweets were from years ago they keep coming back to haunt Kevin Hart and have potential to ruin any future career move from here on out.
Kevin Hart was given an ultimatum he was asked to publicly apologize for the tweets or step down from being the Oscars host.
Following this ultimatum Kevin Hart chose to not apologize for these tweets and chose to take to Instagram instead posting a video of his thoughts about everything that has happened and how he wasn’t going to apologize. He told people to stop looking for reasons to be negative and that you live learn and grow throughout years and experiences. Kevin Hart believed he did not have to apologize for these tweets at this moment in time.
After hearing and reading all these articles and stories I couldn’t believe that Kevin Hart was acting like this after these tweets resurfaced. I was always a big fan of him and couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t apologize. It started to change my opinion on him and I didn’t view him the same way. I thought times are changing and these things may have been more acceptable and less offensive to say in the past but now it is very offensive to a wide group of people and is not really acceptable to say.
A little bit after the tweets resurfaced and Kevin Hart posted the Instagram video he appeared on The Ellen Show. Ellen and Kevin Hart are good friends and have been for years. Ellen had his back throughout this whole situation. She believed that he should apologize and still host the Oscars.
While Kevin Hart was on the show he stated that this is not the first time the tweets have resurfaced. The tweets resurface every time he goes to start a new project and he has apologized every time they come up. He also said that he chose not to apologize because he has done it many time before and that he didn’t think it was necessary. He is trying to move on from the past and continue building on his future.
After watching the clip of Kevin Hart on The Ellen Show, I realized how hard it was for him to go through this. I realize that he has grown and learned from his mistakes and they just keep coming back to haunt him. He is no longer that person and people don’t understand that and keep coming at him for who he used to be. No one is looking at the timeline of his career and growth from the time since he has tweeted those tweets. He did apologize on Ellen and said that he hopes people will forgive him and stop bringing up his past mistakes.
I believe Kevin Hart did the right thing by stepping down from being the host of the Oscars. He knew that if he stayed as the host all the backlash and stigma would be the center of the show and no one would focus on the hard-working people who were being awarded for their work. He was putting other people before his own needs and dreams and I really think that this gesture is proof of his growth as a person.
I also believe that the fact Ellen DeGeneres, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, is on his side and is standing up and advocating for him is a sign of growth and shows that Kevin Hart truly has changed as a person and is trying to separate himself from the mistakes he has made in the past.
According to BBC.com, along with explaining his stance on The Ellen show, he also tweeted that he was stepping down from the Oscars because he, “because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”
After what seemed like a hard decision and a rough couple weeks Kevin Hart officially decided to step down from hosting the Oscars and giving up his dream. Kevin Hart finally decided to take to twitter and apologize for his actions and explain his stance. He also stated that he was hoping to be the host of the Oscars somewhere down the road when people are not so upset by his previous actions.
Lately things have seemed to slow down in light of the backlash and it seems Kevin Hart is continuing to work on new projects and has decided to move on with his life. It looks like the Oscars host was the only job Kevin Hart has lost.
Throughout this assignment my views on the whole situation changed a couple times. At first, I believed Kevin was in the wrong with not wanting to apologize and shouldn’t have posted the Instagram video. But after seeing the clip on Ellen I saw the true Kevin Hart and believe that he did the right thing.