Kevin Hart Addresses Homophobic Tweets: "People Change, Grow, Evolve"

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Kevin Hart knows some people are upset over Tuesday's announcement that he will host the 2019 Oscars - and he thinks they need to get over it. Backlash over Hart's gig ensued when an old joke about not wanting a gay son resurfaced online.

Kevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the 2019 Oscars.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's (sic)", Hart wrote on Twitter.

"I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all", he declared, once again disregarding the feelings and experiences of many in the LGBTQ community.

In a video rant posted to Instagram Hart, who in Sydney for a series of shows, said he refused to say sorry despite receiving an ultimatum from Oscars bosses.

Lee tweeted, "I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets?", and pulled up several of the comedian's tweets where he said one person looked like "a gay bill board for AIDS", and he called another person a "FAT FAG".

"It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career", he told Variety at the time. I've said where the rights and wrongs were.

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Other tweets still live on Hart's Twitter include messages like: "I just saw a n-a put a whole chicken wing in his mouth and pull it out with no meat on it!"

On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used gay slurs.

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. In the 2010 special 'Seriously Funny, ' he said 'one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay'. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me.

Comedian and actor Billy Eichner was among those on social media who were disappointed with Hart's response. I'm not going to do it, man. "Underneath, it's far more complicated".

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear".

With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step.

The move comes less than forty-eight hours after Hart was announced as host of the ceremony, which takes place on February 24th.