Kevin Hart Ousted as 2019 Oscar Host
Less than two days after being named host, comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down from the 2018 Oscars
12/8/18, 5:16 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Variety
Comedian Kevin Hart has been ousted as the host of the 2019 Oscars.
Following years of declining ratings, the show’s producers have been attempting to boost the show’s pull in a few ways (examples: expanding the best picture category from five to as many as ten (2018 and 2017 both had 9, and it’s fluctuated between 8, 9, and 10 since the new rule took effect in 2010), almost creating an entirely new category specifically for ‘popular movies’, as if there’s any difference between what makes a good ‘popular’ movie and what makes a simply, generally good movie (thanks a lot, Marvel (ugh)), and turning the show into a propaganda machine for the Democratic party (okay, that was a troll)). As their most recent move: they announced Wednesday that they’re ditching 2017 and 2018 host Jimmy Kimmel for comedian Kevin Hart (likely for diversity, and diversity alone).
Hart is arguably the most popular comedian working today. He’s been doing stand up for over 15 years and has been extremely successful, selling out venues around the country and appearing in such commercially successful films like ‘Paper Soldiers’, ‘Get Hard’, and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.
But as anyone with any experience in comedy knows, it’s not all fun and games…
Some of Hart’s old Tweets have been uncovered by Buzzfeed’s Michael Blackmon… In the since-deleted tweets (that classically revered and irrefutably well-reputed publication (Twitter)), Hart joked: “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.’” He also called someone a '“FAT FAG” and called someone else a “gay bill board for AIDS.”
Following Buzzfeed’s report, here was Hart’s original response:
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Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry....I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people....there is nothing that you can do to change that...NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all....with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love....Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please....What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you....Have a beautiful day
However, after being accused of insensitivity and delivering a ‘non-apology’, he then issued a ‘second’:
Less than an hour later, as he was still being torn apart on social media, Hart received a phone call from the academy asking him nicely (his words) to issue an actual apology, which he did, on Twitter, and in which he walked back his other statements and resigned his post as the 2019 Oscars host:
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. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
I’m glossing over the pleasantries, but... Everyone is entitled to the way they feel, and no one should feel like they’re not being heard, or like they’re being glossed over as humans simply for being who they are. These are obvious and irrefutable facts of life figured out hundreds of years ago when the idea ‘perspective’ became assumed as necessary for any thought (or feeling for that matter (ish)) (around 350 b.c.) and recognized as infinite (no two people are exactly the same (that’s a FACT!)). It may have taken some people a little longer to catch up to the rest of us (a lot longer…), but no intelligent person is actually going to claim that because someone is a certain way, they don’t have a say. We’re adults, now, guys /> grow the fuck up.
But when it comes to concepts and the way people understand them, and how they relate to their environments (including human experience), the understanding (given the complexity of perspective) gets a little dicier…
‘Free speech’ is not a concept as simple as ‘say what you want when you want to’, as the concept ‘freedom’ is inherent in the complexity of what it means to be human (objective/subjective dichotomies (including: fact and emotion), dialectic, perspective, etc.). It is human nature to reject free speech, as man’s intellectual capacity evolves to one less materialistic, and one more spiritual/epistemological, but it is a necessary debate that is never possible to understand within the context of only one line of thought, or one way of thinking, if ‘freedom’ in itself is such an important and complex concept.
Do comedians deserve any slack when it comes to the terrible things that come out of their mouths? Because not only is it their jobs to do so, but because it also includes a lot of potential of personal sacrifice, as is proven by the situation with Kevin Hart. Do we all have something in us which we would like to change, which we consider to be ‘evil’ or ‘bad’, but which may be hard to get rid of? Or even to recognize??? Comedy is subjective; I personally don’t see how anyone could find those old tweets funny ever, but I’m not the only person in the world, and I don’t see how the world isn’t moving away from those kinds of jokes anyway. You don’t stop people from being pieces of shit by YELLING at them; you need to actually talk to them, and you’re not going to be able to talk to them if you automatically consider them less than human simply for the words they use, or for the jokes they may find funny in that moment when they found them funny. Those jokes might be terrible to laugh at, but to try to tame one’s sense of humor is to not only miss the point, but to misconstrue laughter as inherently political before it is emotional, two faculties which must remain separate or else risk an inherently totalitarian thinking, insofar as totalitarian thinking can not permit personal, individualized emotion (which is what all emotion is anyway: no single person’s specified emotion is ever exactly the same (perspective (though, also: as she is growing at every moment of every day)), let alone every person in the world’s) of any kind. Comedy is a lot like economics in this way: you’re dependent on the reaction of your audience/customer before you even know what you have; there’s no telling what works until you try it out.
Should Kevin Hart be at least somewhat bombasted for his past comments? Of course, but even aside from the fact that he already has been, the backlash this time is much more attuned for mob-mentality than it is legitimate argument. Otherwise, Hart wouldn’t feel so forced to simply act before having stating any further thought, and nor would anyone else caught in this public lynching environment going on since Trump categorized liberals as the modern thought police rather than the conservatives of the last century, a role liberals were seemingly only too happy to embrace.
‘But you stole his dream!’ ‘He deserved it!’ ‘He was never funny in the first place, GODDAMMIT!"‘
Sooner or later, blind outrage must lead to thought police, as the fear inherent in the ignorance of the duality that is human perception (fact/emotion, individual/society, etc.) is far more overwhelming that the idea that one doesn’t know everything in the universe, and who therefore doesn’t have the right to claim Absolute moral superiority in any circumstance, apologizing for past mistakes and ruining people’s careers on a whim in comparison included.
Apparently, we’ve reached a point where crying is much more fun than thinking could ever possibly be (which is not to say that crying is never necessary or even Absolutely necessary, only that no single thing is ever the whole story in any situation).
Because that doesn’t sound like a first step…