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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
GLAAD president: “Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up"
The head of the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy group didn't intend for Hart to step down as Oscars host. “Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness.” Ellis said GLAAD would “still welcome that conversation with him.” In an interview on CNN, Ellis said GLAAD wanted this to be a "teachable moment." “This wasn’t the conclusion I think everyone would have liked,” Ellis said on CNN.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Oscars host Kevin Hart responds to brewing controversy over his old homophobic tweets: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In a black-and-white Instagram video and accompanying post, a shirtless Hart lying in bed responded to the controversy over his resurfaced old homophobic tweets. "I swear man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space where I'm at now," he said in the video. "My team calls me, 'Oh my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.' Guys. I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that 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,. I'm in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity." In the accompanying post, Hart writes: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative ... Stop searching for reasons to be angry...I love to Love. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that's on you."
- GLAAD has reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart's management to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage"
- Why didn't Oscars vet Hart? Why didn't he have a better response?
- Billy Eichner denounces Hart's response: "This is not good. A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple. Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
How to Get Away with Murder's Conrad Ricamora discusses his character's HIV "coming out" episode
"There is this tendency to approach storylines with characters living with HIV and AIDS with such a heaviness and I think that just in showing Oliver living his day-to-day life, even in episodes where we haven’t mentioned it, it is allowing people to see characters and a person living with HIV that is thriving and it’s not about them having a crisis,” Ricamora said in an interview with GLAAD, which helped advise Thursday's episode.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Nielsen announces its first-ever LGBTQ household ratings: Murphy Brown is No. 1
Nielsen parterned with GLAAD to determine the viewing habits of the LGBTQ audience. Murphy Brown came in at No. 1, followed by Manifest, American Horror Story and This Is Us.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
GLAAD study: LGBTQ TV characters rises from 6.4% last year to a record high of 8.8% -- with most played by minority actors
GLAAD's annual Where We Are on TV report issued a challenge to TV networks to bolster LGBTQ characters to 10% of series regular primetime characters by 2020. “Not only do stories that explore the rich lives and identities of LGBTQ people move the needle forward culturally, but they pay off in ratings – shows like Will & Grace, Supergirl, Empire and How To Get Away with Murder all attract millions of viewers weekly and demonstrate that audiences are hungry for new stories and perspectives," said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine win GLAAD Awards
The NBC drama and the Fox comedy were, respectively, named the TV's top drama and top comedy for their LGTBQ portrayals.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Andi Mack might have TV's most pet-friendly set
In celebration of today being National Pet Day, People magazine is celebrating the pet-friendliness of the Disney Channel series, which allows dogs, a bunny, a cat and two turtles on its Salt Lake City set. ALSO: Andi Mack wins the first-ever GLAAD Kids and Family Programming Award.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
In GLAAD’s new TV study, LGBTQ characters reach a record high -- but they lack diversity
About 6.4% of regular TV characters were identified as LGBTQ, which is unprecedented in the history of the GLAAD TV study. Yet an overwhelming number of those characters were white.