Kevin Hart faced backlash over homophobic tweets after being named Oscar Award host

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Kevin Hart faced backlash over homophobic tweets after being named Oscar Award host

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Kevin Hart's response on Thursday to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed a backlash to the comedian, two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy Awards.

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

"I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don't know what to tell you," said Hart, who added, in all-caps: "I love everybody."


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."

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record."


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