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Kevin Hart turns down position as Oscars host

A joke about homosexuality spells doom for Kevin Hart

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Matthew Abbott, Reporter

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Last Thursday, Kevin Hart relinquished the opportunity to be the next Oscars host after some questionable tweets about homosexuality that he posted in 2011 were unearthed.

Hart is a comedian, an actor, and a father. His role in movies such as Jumanji and Central Intelligence has helped to immortalize him as a loved comedic actor. Because of a tweet joking about homosexuality that he posted in 2011, he has faced much criticism and outrage for his announcement as Oscars host.

“Yeah, I think Kevin Hart stepped down because of his tweet with the gay joke in it. I’ve noticed that lately a lot of celebrities have been paying for stuff that they’ve said in the past, since people will dig through old tweets and find racist or homophobic words,” senior Carson Blue said.

Hart is not the only comedian who has had to apologize for his jokes. Other comedians, such as Louis C.K. and Trevor Noah, have had to apologize for jokes they have made in the past. There are those who believe that people should own up to what they post.

“If they’re smart, they’ll just go back and delete. But, the internet never forgets. If this was 20 years ago, we would not have known what Kevin Hart said. But, they still said it and it’s not like it’s going away. And that’s a great lesson to everybody who is younger right now, showing what could happen as a result,” U.S. Government/Econ teacher John Dowling said. 

In the video that Hart released, he announces that he will not accept the opportunity to be the Oscars host. Some students at McLean who are happy with Hart stepping down.

“I think that you should never say anything that disrespectful, especially when you put it on the internet. I am glad that he apologized for his tweets; however, that doesn’t change what he said,” junior Julia Raymond said.

This trend of digging up old posts and tweets doesn’t show any signs of disappearing anytime soon. For now, those at Hollywood will have to find someone else to take up the mantle of Oscars Host.

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