A humbled Kevin Hart hopes for forgiveness from the LGBTQ community after reflecting on how his past tweets affected them.
The comedian used his platform on Sirius XM’s radio show, “Straight From The Hart,” to make amends with those he has hurt. At first, stepping down and missing out on hosting the Oscars wasn’t enough for Kevin to want to take back comments he made long ago. Though many stood by his side arguing the ridicule he was facing was not fair, time has given the “Night School” actor clarity in his choices.
His expression of regret explained his understanding of why the community was so bothered by his almost decade old tweets and where his thought process came from at the time.
“We thought it was okay to talk like that because that’s how we talked to one another … This is wrong now. Because now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say ‘That s*** hurt because of what I’ve been through.’”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Kevin didn’t neglect, however, to acknowledge that everyone will have their own beliefs and won’t always be on the same page about everything. As he admits his fault, he urges the LGBTQ community to remember that accepting people’s “change” and being able to move on is a major step in their own quest for equality.
“I don’t think it’s wrong for people to have their own personal beliefs. I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change. Bottom line.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Kevin has the full support of Ellen DeGeneres, who’s MC’d the Oscars, herself. The open-hearted host interviewed Kevin on her show, prior to his radio appearance, urging him to reconsider not hosting the Oscars. She explained how she asked the Academy reps to still keep the comedian as an option. They replied admitting they would still love to have him take on the great honor.