Kevin Hart Refuses to Apologize for Old Tweets. Apologizes an Hour Later.
Kevin Hart was hired to host the Academy Awards. The Academy must have gotten tired of record low ratings (see Academy Awards Ratings Reach Lowest in History and Megan McCain Blasts Oscars: Americans are Sick of Being Lectured To). So they hired someone who is actually funny. Then in a move that is as predictable as Hollywood eventually rebooting the Godfather, trolls dug up old "homophobic" tweets of Hart's. Also "reboot" is just a remake of "remake." Send me your hate tweets.
OUTRAGE! PROBLEMATIC! YARGLE BLARGLE! The calls for Hart to apologize came swiftly. To Hart's credit, he refused. Even if it meant stepping down as host.
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The comedian makes some solid points. Don't feed the internet trolls. Don't appease the mob. Read also Dear Victims of Internet Outrage Mobs: NEVER Apologize!
Points which were contradicted less than an hour later.
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 distr… https://t.co/3gKJItiVZO— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart) 1544158879.0
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… https://t.co/4d0WETVrWl— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart) 1544158890.0
Rumor has it (that I just made up) the Academy is looking at Hart's Jumanji co-star, The Rock, to host the awards. Until people "unearth" some of The Rock's old wrestling promos. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?
The issue isn't with Kevin Hart apologizing. Even though he shouldn't have. I realize that's easy for me to say when I'm not in his shoes, hoping to keep my career in Hollywood, where the Gaystapo reigns supreme. Hart has more than himself to worry about. Okay? Okay.
The problem is Hart released a video saying he was NOT going to apologize. Laying out all the reasons why. Making a strong case for not caving when the outrage mob comes for you with pitchforks and mean hashtags. Only to then apologize less than an hour later.
Now he looks like a punk. Even if he had Hollywood executives threatening his entire livelihood if he didn't toe the line.
Either apologize or don't. But if you're going to stick to your guns, when they next come for you, double down. Here, let Kid Rock show you how it's done.