Falling on Hart Times

Ashley Mercedes, Reporter

Just two days after being announced as host of the Oscars, actor and comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as old ‘anti-gay’ tweets from his past surfaced. In 2010-2011, Hart sent out many tweets that were found funny by some and offensive to others, such as, “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.” The academy gave Hart an option of either stepping down or apologizing for his past tweets. Hart, however, had already repeatedly apologized for the tweets in the past and decided to step down in lieu of issuing a formal apology. However, Hart later claimed, “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.” Hart said that it was a joke “because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.”

In the midst of the commotion, many people have expressed their opinions of Hart’s decision to step down as the host of the Oscars. Based on the facts and my own personal feelings, I think Hart should not have relinquished the position. While hosting, he could have taken the opportunity to show the world the truth behind his true feelings on the topic of the tweet. It’s true that he stepped down in order to not distract everyone that deserves the attention during the awards, but it could have been done in another way.  I also do not believe that his tweets were serious because many comedians like to use dark comedy as a means to entertain, which sometimes offends people while others actually enjoy it. Besides, times have changed just as Hart mentioned, and every little thing a person thinks is fine to say or joke about can be found offensive. People, in my opinion, love to argue about nothing and everything and bringing those tweets up from his past is just another way to bring attention to themselves.