Here we go again, punishing people for years old opinions
Kevin Hart is out as the host for the upcoming Academy Awards. The comedian said the choice to step down was his in a series of two tweets that went out late Thursday evening.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart wrote. “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again,” he continued.
Hart originally announced that he would be hosting the Oscars on Wednesday. However, shortly after the news was made public, homophobic tweets from his past were resurfaced, prompting many to call for Hart’s role at the upcoming ceremony to be terminated. One of the tweets, which was posted in 2011, 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.'” Hart also has a history of making homophobic comments in his stand-up.
Well, stand up does rely heavily on saying things that might offend. But these days only certain people can be targeted, namely gun owners, Trump supporters, Southerners, White guys, Conservatives, Christians. It is open season on those bastards because SENSITIVITY!
Hart’s old tweets were uncovered by Benjamin Lee of The Guardian
See, comedy BAD! Opinions BAD! Poor Benjamin Lee was so stricken with Offendeditis that he wrote an op-ed. Here is the super OFFENSIVE stand up that has triggered the easily triggerable
Sounds like, stand up comedy to me But super offended Twitter snoop Benjamin Lee, has more evidence that Hart is a hater
The comments preceded his role opposite Will Ferrell in Get Hard, one of the most shockingly regressive gay panic comedies in recent memory, an almost two-hour film based around a fear of anal sex. In the film, Hart helps Ferrell’s character prepare for a stint in jail but after minimal attempts to cover the specifics of prison life and protecting one’s self in a fight, a strikingly dominant phobia of male rape takes over. I wrote about it at the time:
The film’s unarguably wretched low point arrives when Hart’s character takes Ferrell to a gay brunch “hookup spot” where he tells him he’ll need to learn to perform oral sex to make his time in prison easier. While being eyed up by every gay man around them, Hart informs Ferrell of the relative ease of approaching a gay stranger for sex, because “that’s what they do”. After Ferrell immediately gets the attention of the depressingly used Matt Walsh, of Veep fame, he proceeds to attempt an unsuccessful bathroom-stall tryst, which disgusts him in such graphic detail that he can’t go through with it. Meanwhile, Hart is approached by a predatory older gay man who, even after finding out Hart’s heterosexuality, refuses to take no for an answer.
Now, there’s an important distinction to make here. The fear of rape is obviously legitimate and a man’s fear of being raped by another man while in prison is also understandable and by no means homophobic. It makes sense that the film would at least address this but what makes less sense is why the writers have such an obsession with the idea. It punctuates every other line of dialogue and not even in particularly inventive ways (the script is essentially multiple, exhaustive variations on “you’re going to get raped”).
Hart’s response to criticism, from a gay journalist at the time, was predictably unbothered. “Funny is funny, regardless of what area it’s coming from,” he said to HitFix’s Louis Virtel. The film was also released just months after The Wedding Ringer, a film described by The AV Club’s AA Dowd as “a 100-minute gay joke”.
So, a comedian, which Hart is, makes a movie that is, to some, not funny. To be honest I avoid all Will Ferrell movies because he is NOT FUNNY. And, sadly most comedies I have seen the last twenty years are not funny for what it is worth. But, I think the trend towards punishing anyone who makes an “offensive” remark is extremely dangerous. Frankly, this trend tends to discourage not only comedy, but also debate of any sort, and that is what is truly offensive.