Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart is American actor, comedian and producer, best known for his roles in Ride Along, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and several high-profile stand-up comedy concert films. In February 2023, using photographs of the actor as reactions became a popular trend on Twitter.

History

Hart began performing standup comedy in the late 1990s. Hart's friend and mentor, comedian Keith Robinson, said that he "bombed" his first show but did better at the second show.[1] In 2002, Hart was hired in his first television role on the Judd Apatow-created series Undeclared.[2]

In 2009, Hart began a series of high-profile stand-up tours, and with 2010's Seriously Funny, he filmed them for theatrical release. His 2013 concert film _Let Me Explain _ grossed more than $32 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert film of all time (trailer below).[3]



In 2014, Hart starred in Ride Along with Ice Cube. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide, giving Hart his first hit film in which he was the lead.[4]

Criticisms

Kevin Hart Academy Awards Hosting Controversy

On December 4th, 2018, actor and comedian Kevin Hart announced on Instagram [5] that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards. He posted, "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[…]I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars." Within two days, the post received more than 750,000 likes (shown below).


kevinhart4real # . Follow kevinhart4real For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same...l 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. 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....To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me& riding with me all this time...l will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity...now it's time to rise to the occasion #Oscars Load more comments 756,119 likes 2 DAYS AGO Add a comment...

Following the announcement, some on Twitter pointed out that some of Hart's old tweets and standup routines expressed a homophobic viewpoint. On December 4th, Twitter[8] @benfraserlee tweeted a quote from Hart's 2010 standup comedy movie in which Hart jokes about how "one of [his] biggest fears is [his] son growing up and being gay." They also posted several tweets from Hart. The tweet received more than 860 retweets and 1,700 likes in two days (shown below, left). One of Hart's tweets stated,[6] "Yo if my son comes home and try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going to break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay'" (shown below, center).

Two days later, actor Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted,[7] "Homophobia is not positivity." The tweet, which many believe was in response to the tweets, received more than 8,700 retweets and 51,000 likes (shown below, right).


Benjamin Lee @benfraserlee Dec 4 And the Oscar for most homophobic host ever goes to... One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That's a fear. 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 said during his 2010 movie, Seriously Funny, before going into a skit about times when Hendrix may have exemplified "homosexual tendencies" to which he would respond, "Stop, that's gay!" 109 t 368 869 Benjamin Lee @benfraserlee I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets mienDW profile or AIDS comes home & try's s doll house I'moie wayne215 have so in his phone!!! W AG that takes pic c d& say n my voice" t o cial u should ask the any "gay" men sweat shirts because real m Kevin Hart @KevinHart4real Follow 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" Kevin Hart @KevinHart4real Follow Why does @DamienDW profile pic look like a gay bill board for AIDS fire tonight 10:07 AM-20 Jan 2010 evin Hart @KevinHart4real Follow Why does @wayne215 have so many pictures of me in his phone!!! What ru some type of FAT F-- that takes pic of small black men all dav? @KevinHart4real Replying to @DwyaneWade @dwadeofficial u should ask the question like this, how many "gay" men sweat when they wear dress shirts because real men don't Imao p.s f-- Jamie Lee Curtis @jamieleecurtis Homophobia is not positivity.

On December 6th, Hart posted a video on Instagram[9] about the controversy surrounding his tweets. In the video, he claims that he has changed, grown and evolved. The post received more than 1.1 million views and 189,000 likes in 24 hours.


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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on


The following day, Hart tweeted, "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." The tweet received more than 9,400 retweets and 53,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below).


Kevin Hart @KevinHart4real I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because l 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.

On January 3rd, 2018, Ellen DeGeneres published a video preview of her interview with Hart, prior to its airing. In the interview, Hart, again, apologized for the tweets and claimed to be "evaluating" returning to hosting the Oscars. Ellen claimed to vouch for Hart, telling him that she contacted the Academy. She said, "I called them, I said, 'Kevin's on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host! We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong. Maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars.'" The tweet received more than 14,000 retweets and 82,000 likes in four days (shown below).




However, the interview sparked another backlash toward Hart's apology, which some deemed insincere. Writer Louis Virtel tweeted,[10] "I feel like if you’re not homophobic anymore, you shouldn’t mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. I don’t want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn’t hear your meager apology the first time." The tweet received more than 1,300 retweets and 11,000 likes in four days (shown below, left). Throughout the day, others voiced their opinion of the apology (examples below, right).


Louis Virtel @louisvirtel I feel like if you're not homophobic anymore, you shouldn't mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. don't want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn't hear your meager apology the first time. Ryan Houlihar @RyanHoulihan Ellen giving homophobes the ability to say "but Ellen said it's okay" is a massive f------ betrayal. I don't care how many sitcoms you lost in the 90s.

The following day, CNN's Don Lemon discussed the apology on television. Lemon said, "Apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender, being an ally does." The Twitter account for @CNNTonight shared the segment on Twitter, receiving more than 7,700 retweets and 24,000 likes in three days (shown below).




Two days later, on January 7th, Hart, again, addressed the controversy on his SiriusXM radio show Straight From The Hart.[11] He said, "Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize. I am now moving on from this because I am hoping the apology is accepted. … I am not homophobic and never have been."

Kevin Hart Reaction Images

Kevin Hart Reaction Images refers to a social media trend of us using various photographs of comedian Kevin Hart as reactions and in image caption memes. The trend achieved massive popularity on Twitter in late February 2023.


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