The Academy’s decision to have Kevin Hart host the Oscars is being met with criticism after homophobic tweets from Hart surfaced on social media.
On Tuesday, Hart announced via Instagram he’d host the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Shortly thereafter, several Twitter users resurfaced past tweets from Hart that were deemed homophobic. Per E! News, the since-deleted tweets date back to 2011.
GLAAD told USA TODAY the organization has contacted The Academy to discuss Hart’s upcoming hosting gig.
“GLAAD reached out to ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart’s management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage,” the organization stated. “They have not yet responded.”
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Hart, The Academy and ABC for comment.
The tweetsshowed Hart’s verified account tweeting words such as “homo” and “gay.”
One 2011 tweet reads: “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’.”
Another tweet highlighted a quote Hart gave to Rolling Stone in 2015 in which he said, “Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic… Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”
Several Twitter users called for The Academy to relieve Hart of his hosting duties.
One NSFW tweet read in-part: “Fire Kevin Hart and hire a gay man instead to host the Oscars…”
Another wrote, “Hey @TheAcademy one way to make your ratings even lower is to have @KevinHart4real and his homophobic (expletive) host your award ceremony.”
Hart announced his upcoming gig in an enthusiastic post Tuesday.
“For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to,” Hart wrote. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time.”
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