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Hart's Change of Heart

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on January 4, 2019 15:37

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Kevin Hart may have changed his opinion on hosting the 2019 Academy Awards.

Kevin Hart found himself in a controversial position in late 2018, after some older tweets of his from 2009-2011 were recovered, which contained potentially disparaging remarks to the gay community. Despite his initial stance, refusing to apologize after the request came from the Academy, he released a post in which he stepped down from hosting the awards ceremony and apologizing to the LGBTQ community. This was on December 7th, 2018. Now less than one month later, it seems he is having some second thoughts yet again. 

Hart has since received much support from fans, who have forgiven his past remarks. During an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Hart expressed his reevaluation after receiving a glowing endorsement from the host. But this type of response represents part of what is wrong with cultural attitudes today. 

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hold the old tweets against Hart, and would be perfectly fine with him hosting an awards show. But the problem comes with the constant capitulation. It's easy to reevaluate hosting an awards show when the public opinion has changed and people like you again. But it's much harder to stay firm during the public outcry, and defend yourself properly. I don't believe Hart should have been put in this position in the first place, but he has made his decision, and should uphold it. 

I understand changing opinions, and if Hart, or anyone else, evaluates themselves internally, that's understandable. But this type of response is clearly fueled by public opinion, and represents part of the problem with cultural attitudes. 

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on January 4, 2019 15:37

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