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In a 2015 profile for Rolling Stone, he once said one of his “biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”Also:
“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,” he previously explained.
Another Twitter user went to the great lengths of searching every time Kevin used the words “Fag,” “homo” or “gay.” They realized the comedian “seems to have basically stopped tweeting those words after 2011 — i.e. the year his first stand-up movie became a hit.”As CNN reported, after withdrawing from the Oscars, Hart posted an Instagram video in which he said:
“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. … If you don’t believe people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”Hart’s statement unleashed further controversy over whether this met the demands of a ritual apology, and the consensus was that it did not. The tweets from years past were homophobic and hateful, but Hollywood seems to offer a pass for past homophobia to those who are otherwise active social justice warriors and Democrats in good standing. Also, the issue of homophobia being more acute in the African-American community, perhaps especially among black men, is one about which honest discussion is not allowed (in 2008, when the anti-gay-marriage Prop 8 passed in California, those who pointed out that African-Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama and for Prop. 8 where denounced for their racism).
“If Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars then no black comic is” https://t.co/pUrlK2ZbIF— Vulture (@vulture) December 9, 2018
More. Another day, another black guy who has to apologize: Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets. Is this helping or hurting black support for lesbian and gay equality and inclusion?
Forgive @KevinHart4real for no knowing the rules. After all, @JoyAnnReid made anti gay comments on her old blog. First, she apologized, then said–wait–she’d been hacked and hadn’t written the slams!; then said, ok, she wrote them–apologized again. And she has a show on @MSNBC!— Larry Elder (@larryelder) December 9, 2018
Imagine being angry at the discovery that acting involves actors pretending to be people they aren’t. https://t.co/JaRObC2Lve
— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) August 13, 2018
Agreed. But I vote Kevin Spacey gets to keep his Oscar for American Beauty since he played a pedophile. https://t.co/WE2smkLISM
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) July 14, 2018
More. Business Insider reports (or, rather, prints a GLAAD press release as news):
“Scarlett Johansson’s announcement, together with the transgender voices who spoke out about this film, are game changers for the future of transgender images in Hollywood,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. “Hollywood changed how Americans understand gay and lesbian lives, and TV is starting to do the same for transgender people with authentic transgender portrayals being major hits with critics and audiences. The film industry has a real opportunity to do the same.”
Related: Business Insider deletes opinion column defending Scarlett Johansson, and columnist resigns:
I believe female actors can play men and trans men. That is the apparently controversial view that inspired BI to take down my piece. I have resigned from @businessinsider and explain why in my letter to EIC @nichcarlson pic.twitter.com/5G2UZggXi9
— Daniella Greenbaum (@DGreenbaum) July 12, 2018
IGF CultureWatch friend David Link comments on protesters claiming that Lou Reed’s classic “Walk on the Wild Side,” once hailed by nonconformists for celebrating sexual and gender transgression, is now condemned as transphobic.