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Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 7:10PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres: My "incredible and honest conversation" with Kevin Hart will air Friday instead of Monday
Ellen is expected to tackle Hart's brief stint as Oscar host and his past homophobic jokes that led him to drop out of the job in the interview airing Friday. "I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars," she tweeted. "It was supposed to air on Monday. I don’t want you to have to wait, so now it’s gonna air tomorrow."
Posted Saturday 12/22/18 at 1:51AM EST
Penn Badgley calls out "privileged-a** white" actors who take on roles that should go to marginalized actors
Source: BuzzFeed News
“In reality, we have basically, like, privileged-a** white people playing everybody, and so we need to stop that," the You star tells Pink News when asked about controversies over non-trans actors taking on trans roles and white actors playing non-white roles. "In theory, in a totally just society, yeah, anybody can play anybody and that would be great,” he says. "But that’s not the world we live in. We live in a world that does not recognize virtually anyone outside of the white male or the beautiful white woman who has to be an object of desire and affection.”
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 8:28PM EST
Darren Criss says he won't play gay characters anymore
Source: Page Six
The Assassination of Gianni Versace star, who won an Emmy and is nominated for a Golden Globe for playing gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan, tells Bustle: “There are certain (gay) roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful. But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 8:38PM EST
Bravo is rebooting Queer as Folk with original British series creator Russell T. Davies
Airing in 1999 and 2000 on Britain's Channel 4, the original Queer as Folk starred Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen and Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam before they made it big in America, joining Craig Kelly as three gay men living in Manchester. An American remake aired on Showtime from 2000 to 2005. Davies, who led the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 and recently wrote and produced A Very English Scandal, is teaming with writer Stephen Dunn on a reboot of the original Queer as Folk. "The new version of the show will feature entirely new characters in a new setting," according to Variety. "It is described as a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy."
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
Miss Universe pageant features its first-ever transgender contestant
Miss Spain Angela Ponce made history last night as the first transgender contestant in the pageant's history. “What an honor and pride to be part of the history of @missuniverse,” she wrote on Instagram in Spanish. “This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, because we all deserve a world of respect, inclusion and freedom. And today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.” ALSO: Miss Costa Rica trolls Steve Harvey over his 2015 flub.
Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
SNL's Oscars host audition sketch lets Kate McKinnon's Ellen DeGeneres take a shot at Kevin Hart
Source: The Daily Beast
The Oscars audition sketch featured impressions of everybody from Hannah Gadsby to Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf. McKinnon as Ellen appeared for the last audition. "Hey, I’ll host the Oscars, sure,” she said. “I’ve never done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay. But people like that now, except for the guy who was supposed to host.” As The Daily Beast notes, "it was a big change from last week's show," when Michael Che defended Hart on "Weekend Update."
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 12:37AM EST
The Academy is mulling a host-less Oscars
Variety reports The Academy was "blindsided" by Hart's abrupt decision to step down Thursday night. ABC and The Academy had no contingency plans. The Academy's Board of Governors are expected to meet Tuesday night to explore all options. Insiders tell Variety that one option being "tossed around" is to go without a host and have “a bunch of huge celebs, something SNL style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial." Variety also reports: "The Academy had hoped that Hart would apologize for a series of years-old homophobic tweets and show signs of genuine remorse, but would stop short of actually leaving the show, said another person close to the Hart exit. The group’s leadership did believe the comic needed to do a better job of addressing the jokes, which included tweets that made light of AIDS and offensive comments about the trans community."
- Does the Academy really want presenters doing lame jokes as their intros?
- Why Kevin Hart's Oscars backlash was different from other recent public shamings
- Stop looking at Hart as the victim of his own controversy
- Here is the difference between Sarah Silverman and Kevin Hart's old homophobic tweets
- Patton Oswalt would not want to host the Oscars, as Stephen King suggested
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Kevin Hart's painful Oscars saga is what happens when celebrity and accountability collide
Hart has pointed out that he addressed his past homophobic jokes before, but those statements weren't an act of sincere contrition. As Rachel Leah notes, people outraged over his old homophobic tweets were mainly looking for a sincere apology, which Hart didn't give until stepping down. "Hart is far from the only celebrity — Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham have done this recently as well — to take the frustrating and disappointing approach that the perpetrators of harm or abuse are the ones who get to determine what accountability for that harm should look like," says Leah. "A few half-hearted justifications that the world is too sensitive now is not taking responsibility; stepping away from comedy for some months just to come back and say 'it's been a weird year' is not restitution; discrediting a black woman's sexual assault and then claiming it was a teachable moment is not redress. All of these situations show celebrities centering themselves without listening to or engaging with the communities they hurt."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
ABC and The Academy's handling of the Kevin Hart debacle left them looking clueless
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Nothing that happened this week should have surprised anybody and yet it all played out in half-assed Instagram posts and stealthy late-night announcements," says Daniel Fienberg. "That's not how ABC and the Academy should be treating what is a crown jewel for both, nor how Kevin Hart should have treated what he called a life-long dream." Fienberg points out that it is especially mind-boggling that ABC, following its Roseanne Barr disaster six months ago, "would sign off on giving any high-profile or low-profile gig to any individual without knowing every word that person ever posted on Twitter and without a clear and immediate exit strategy in mind." It's even more shocking, he says, that ABC had no plan to deal with the controversy when it erupted on social media. As Fienberg notes, it doesn't take a publicist or crisis manager to figure out that a heartfelt apology, a donation to an LGBTQ organization and a sincere interview with a friendly media outlet would've gone a long way to putting this controversy to rest. "That's the thing," says Fienberg. "These tweets that people 'found' from Kevin Hart? Everybody knew they were there. Everybody. This was simply who Kevin Hart was both on Twitter and in his standup work less than a decade ago. He may be different now. Heaven knows that people are entitled to evolve; it's ideal. But he was still basically this same person when he first hosted the BET Awards and the first of several MTV-sponsored awards shows. Nobody takes those awards shows as seriously as people take the Oscars, nor should they, but the Academy and ABC couldn't possibly have been unaware that Hart is and was a figure with some objectionable stuff in his background — and Hart says he's apologized for this stuff in the past."
- Why wouldn't Kevin Hart just apologize before stepping down?: "Was he feeling that his core following would think he had sold out his beliefs for a job?" asks Mike Fleming Jr. "Does he still hold those beliefs against LGBTQs? Did he really believe that because he is also a stand-up comedian he is entitled to say insulting things to keep his standing as an edgy comic? Did he think, hell, these are just words? It is as hard to say as why he chose to actually apologize only after he stepped away from the job. In the hours preceding, he scoffed at people who didn’t think he had evolved as a 40-year-old man in the eight years since he issued those homophobic tweets. He certainly didn’t come off as contrite or sincere, mostly focused on those who cobbled together the social media missives that fueled his downfall. Hart’s unwillingness to be changeable was his undoing. What is sad is that his versatility and changeability has been one of his biggest assets. His career was built on being changeable."
- Kevin Hart is the "smarmiest, sleaziest, creepiest and unfunniest award show guest of the past decade": "The sheer jaw-dropping badness of this decision defies all logic," says Rob Sheffield. "Hosting the Academy Awards used to be one of the most prestigious, high-profile gigs in show business. How did it become a job they got so desperate to fill, they called Kevin Hart, knowing his shtick? It’s not like his sense of humor is some kind of guilty secret he kept hidden until this week." Sheffield adds: "Not a thing about this fiasco makes a lick of sense. Kevin Hart is a wildly successful movie star and comedian. He is a man of many talents. Award shows are not one of them. He is the smarmiest, sleaziest, creepiest and unfunniest award show guest of the past decade. He usually co-presents with a female movie star and slimes all over her sexually — like at the podium at the 2015 Golden Globes with Salma Hayek, when yes, he made a joke about her 'golden globes' (meaning her breasts) and she just cringed, as we all cringed for her. Salma Hayek was not anointed to host this year’s Oscars. Kevin Hart was."
- The Kevin Hart choice so discounted the Oscars’ gay viewership that it almost felt like a deliberate insult: "It’s an embarrassing tell for the Academy and ABC, an exposure of their baser motivations in this whole process," says Richard Lawson. "I don’t fault them for wanting to hire someone as popular as Kevin Hart is. I guess I do fault them, though, for not seeming to care much about who values the Oscars, who debates and predicts and live-tweets and roots and cheers along. I’m sure there are plenty of shitty straight guys, the kind who would laugh knowingly at Hart’s jokes about beating the gay out of his son, who enjoy the Oscars too. But why is that segment of the viewership so routinely favored over us?"
- Why we need to forgive Kevin Hart: "I fear we’re creating a disastrous precedent," says Susan Fowler. "In holding people accountable for their old views — even ones they realized were wrong and apologized for — we are setting standards that nobody can meet. We cannot expect to make progress if we do not allow people the chance to grow with us."
- Don't feel sorry for Kevin Hart: "Lying in bed in a sea of plush white linens, looking dejected, Hart filmed himself lamenting those who chose to focus on his words from long ago and who refused to let him evolve," says C. Nicole Mason, adding: "Hart’s solemn indignation is a trick meant to cause us to question our moral compass and to empathize with him, the person being called to account. It is straight out of a now-familiar playbook used by powerful wrongdoers to fashion themselves as the victim and to whip up public support and empathy."
- Snoop Dogg gives Kevin Hart a pep talk: “Hey Kev, don’t trip. It ain’t our kind of sh*t, no way
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 Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Kevin Hart's non-apology doomed him -- not his old homophobic tweets
"Hart’s history might have doomed him from the start," says Sam Adams, "but he’s hardly the first prospective Oscars host with questionable material in his past—Seth MacFarlane and Chris Rock got the gig, after all—and though these may be more sensitive times, there’s also an established protocol for resolving these kinds of issues: a sincere apology, an interview with a sympathetic journalist, maybe a charitable donation or two." Hart did ultimately apologize, but only after announcing he was stepping down. Adams adds: "What Hart’s posts didn’t contain was anything resembling a genuine apology, or even a hint that he was genuinely sorry. If anything, he seemed to want an apology from other people for not already understanding what a good and happy person he is. It’s possible that no new words from Hart could have wiped away his old ones, but an act of public contrition would at least have given the Academy a leg to stand on. Instead, Hart posted a video saying he had just gotten off the phone and been told he needed to apologize to keep the job, and then signed off without apologizing—at which point both his and the Academy’s hands were effectively tied. A few hours after the second video, Hart tweeted he had 'made the choice' to step away from the hosting job and then ended up posting the apology that might have allowed him to keep the job in the first place."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 12:45AM EST
Kevin Hart drops out as Oscars host after refusing Academy's demand to apologize for anti-gay tweets
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The comedian did apologize for his old homophobic tweets, but only after stepping down via Twitter. Shortly before making his announcement, Hart posted an Instagram video from Australia, where he is on tour, saying he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. Hart said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host. "I passed," he said. "The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul." Shortly after the video was posted, Hart stepped down. "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," he tweeted. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past." He added in a second tweet: "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."
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 Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Kevin Hart is deleting old anti-gay tweets after being announced as Oscar host
Source: BuzzFeed News
The Guardian's Benjamin Lee, who wrote about Hart's history of homophobic jokes, took screenshots of old anti-gay Hart tweets. Some of the tweets have been deleted. As Buzzfeed News points out, "a quick search through his tweets showcases his flagrant use of the word 'f*g,' 'homo,' and 'gay.'" ALSO: Are Hart's old homophobic jokes a fireable offense?
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
Kevin Hart's selection as Oscars host resurfaces his past homophobic jokes and abusive past
The comedian has admitted to domestic violence with his ex-wife. Hart has also memorably told a homophobic bit in his 2010 comedy special Seriously Funny" in which he joked about how he would react to his son growing up as a gay man. Hart has since said he would not making the same joke again, but his past will dog him now that he's hosting the high-profile Oscars. As Awards Watch's Erik Anderson tweeted: "Considering how many of the Oscars' biggest fans are women and gay men it's quite something for the Academy to hire a guy who beat one wife, cheated on another when she was eight months pregnant and said one of his biggest fears is his son growing up and being gay."