Kevin Hart Finally Gets It: “Oh Sh*t – I Did F*ck Up”

Kevin Hart (screen capture)

You may recall the kerfuffle that occurred when, shortly following the announcement he would host the 2019 Oscars, Kevin Hart experienced enormous backlash after decade-old anti-gay tweets surfaced.

Eventually, Hart stepped down from the hosting gig.

In his recent Netflix docuseries, Don’t F**k This Up, Hart shared with the TV audience, “I’m a firm believer in laying in the bed that you made. If there’s something that you did, then you did it. You know, there’s no wiggle room around it. You can address it, and then you can move on.”

Which brings us to a new interview with Men’s Health Magazine wherein Hart admits he didn’t handle the scandal well.

“With the whole Oscars thing, there was a big gap between what I thought the problem was versus what the problem really was,” he says. He got angry, reacting as though the only problem was that people were calling him homophobic, which he feels certain he’s not.

“I got ten years where I made sure not to joke or play in the way that I did back then because it was a problem,” he says. “I don’t care if you’re gay or not gay. I’m a people person. I’m going to love you regardless.”

But now he sees a layer that he overlooked at the time—that he missed a chance to condemn violence in every shape and form to anyone for being who they are. “It wasn’t until close friends like Wanda Sykes, Lee Daniels, and Ellen [DeGeneres] talked to me and explained what they didn’t hear me say that I understood.

Then I was like, ‘Oh, shit — I did fuck up.’ ”

Twitter Trolls Kevin Hart For Sending Jussie Smollett ‘Prayers’ After Homophobic Assault

Kevin Hart (L), Jussie Smollett (R)

In the aftermath of a homophobic, racist attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, an outpouring of love and support for the openly gay actor came flooding across social media.

As I reported earlier this week, Smollett was assaulted in the early hours of January 29 when two attackers physically accosted him, poured bleach on his head and put a noose around his neck, all while calling him homophobic slurs.

The incident is now being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.

Celebrities and activists of all stripes reached out to send ‘best wishes’ and thoughts for a speedy recovery after the attack.

But when comedian Kevin Hart offered his ‘prayers’ via Instagram, social media was not having it.

In addition to said prayers, Hart wrote:

“This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world???? Why are we falling in love with hate???? God damn it people….Choose love…I repeat…Choose love. I will forever choose love and I will continue to teach my kids how to do the same. Stand strong brother”

You’ll recall Hart recently had to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars after homophobic tweets and jokes resurfaced from his past.

The man who took forever to give a direct apology for joking that he would break a doll house over his son’s head if he thought he might be gay is now wondering, “Why are we going backwards?”

Uh-uh, the Twitter people do not have short memories when it comes to seems like hypocrisy here.

Here’s just a sample of the responses Hart got to his ‘prayers:’

Hart responded this afternoon via tweet:

Podcast: Madonna, Record LGBTQ Congress Members, More Kevin Hart Debacle, Brazil

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast:

• The new Congress is sworn in with a record number of LGBTQ lawmakers

• Donald Trump scored a victory in court this week regarding his proposed ban on transgender military service members

• Comedian Kevin Hart’s homophobic tweets & jokes landed him on Ellen DeGeneres’ couch

• Brazil’s new president attacks LGBTQs on day one

• And Madonna surprised the crowd at the iconic Stonewall Inn on New Year’s Eve

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

Don Lemon On Kevin Hart Debacle: “Stop Lowkey Cosigning Homophobia”

CNN’s Don Lemon addresses the ongoing Kevin Hart/homophobia story

I’ve been conflicted watching this whole Kevin Hart kerfuffle on whether he should or shouldn’t host the Oscars after homophobic tweets and jokes from some years ago resurfaced.

Yesterday, I posted a segment from Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show where she implored Hart to reconsider hosting the Academy Awards saying she knows him, she knows he’s grown as a person and she believes in him and his apology.

As you may recall, Hart was selected to host on December 4, but stepped down from the gig three days later in the aftermath of the homophobic tweets returned to the spotlight.

In the interview, Hart says, “It’s ten years old. This is stuff I’ve addressed. I’ve talked about this; this isn’t new. I’ve addressed it. I’ve apologized for it.”

Now, I believe we can change to some degree as we grow older. And I believe a good, straightforward apology is something to be accepted.

One sticking point I’ve had, though, is Hart saying he had apologized for his ‘jokes’ already and didn’t want to keep doing so.

Out journalist Louis Virtel had this take on that statement:

But I couldn’t find an actual apology in his history, other than the one he issued after he stepped down from the Oscar gig.

It turns out I’m not the only one.

CNN host Don Lemon, armed with some info via Vulture, took to the airwaves last night to weigh in on the issue now that Ellen had hosted Hart on her afternoon talk show and urged Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars.

Lemon says he felt the need to address the issue as a member of both the LGBTQ and Black communities.

“These issues need to be addressed especially when it comes to black youth in our country. They need to know that they have value. And it’s ok to be who they are.

“We in the African American community have to stop low-key cosigning homophobia. It is not cool. And we won’t tolerate jokes that tell those youth otherwise.

“We need to talk about how some people who’ve messed up can become allies as well. Because apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or are transgender. Being an ally does.”

Lemon also noted that LGBTQ homeless youth are disproportionately black, with black kids representing some 62% of homeless trans youth.

Lemon then contrasts Hart’s jokes about violence against a potentially gay son is especially harmful. “The truth is that is a reality for many little boys in the United States,” said Lemon. “Somewhere, a black dad is beating his black son.”

Lemon also announced that the Oscars and ABC have now said they want Hart to host the Academy Awards if he signals he wants the job.

I’m not always the biggest fan of Lemon, but I think he has salient points here. Definitely worth the watching.

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash After Urging Kevin Hart To Reconsider Decision To Not Host Oscars

During today's chat, Ellen basically lets Hart have the floor to explain what hosting the Oscars meant to him, how he viewed the shit storm over his homophobic tweets involved statements from a decade ago and how he's spent ten years moving on from that 'immature' comedian into becoming a grown, cultured man.  DeGeneres urged Hart to reconsider his decision on stepping down as Academy Awards host.
Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres feels so strongly that comedian Kevin Hart should reverse his decision and host the upcoming Academy Awards, she interviewed him for her show about it.

The segment was set to air Monday, but she felt SO emphatic about the issue she moved the interview to air today.

In December, Hart stepped down as host of the Oscars after a social media uproar over past homophobic tweets.

One tweet from 2010 said a user’s profile picture looked “like a gay billboard for AIDS.” Another tweet, from 2012, read: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

During today’s chat, Ellen basically lets Hart have the floor to explain what hosting the Oscars meant to him, how he viewed the shit storm over his homophobic tweets involved statements from a decade ago and how he’s spent ten years moving on from that ‘immature’ comedian into becoming a grown, cultured man.

DeGeneres urged Hart to reconsider his decision on stepping down as Academy Awards host.

“As a gay person. I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day,” DeGeneres told Hart.

In fact, DeGeneres shares that she actually called the Academy on Hart’s behalf.

“I called them, I said ‘Kevin’s on. I have no idea if he wants to come back and host. What are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘oh my God, we want him to host. We feel like maybe he was misunderstood or it was handled wrong or we said the wrong thing. But we want him to host.Wwhatever we can do we would be thrilled and he should host the Oscars’”

Hart now says he’ll reconsider his decision.

The 2019 Academy Awards airs February 24.

Some LGBTQ activists are not having Ellen giving Hart a platform and her support here.

News Round-Up: January 3, 2019

Anyone got that 'post-holiday bloat?' I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I'm looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.
Holiday weight gain I can get behind…

Some news items you might have missed:

• Anyone got that ‘post-holiday bloat?’ I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I’m looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.

• Day one of the new Congress, Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia proudly displayed the transgender flag outside her office on Capitol Hill.

• Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was sworn in today as the first openly bisexual senator in US history. I’m totally not being sexist here, but can we get an ‘amen’ for her awesome swearing in outfit??? #smokin

• The CW has given the green light to a pilot for Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose as the out lesbian crimefighter.

• Comedian Kevin Hart is scheduled to appear on ELLEN this coming Monday, most probably as part of his apology tour for homophobic tweets that led to his stepping down as host for the upcoming Academy Awards.

• New York City now offers a non-binary option on birth certificates. Additionally, New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their gender on their birth certificate.

• After folks questioned whether Madonna had gotten butt implants (thanks to photos from her New Year’s Eve appearance at the Stonewall Inn), Madge took to Instagram to take a swipe at the rumors riffing on her hit 1985 movie: “Desperately Seeking No Ones Approval.”

Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell On Homophobic GET HARD Scene: “Funny Is Funny”

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are catching a lot of grief for their new movie Get Hard, where a hedge fund manager is sentenced to prison.

Although a comedy, the film is being criticized for racist and homophobic stereotypes that Variety has labeled “some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory.”

But Hart and Ferrell don’t see it. According to Hart – “Funny is funny.”