Kevin Hart’s deeply homophobic tweets were too inappropriate him to be able to host the 2019 Oscars, argues Michael Schulman of The New Yorker. Key is that he didn’t just make offensive or simply tasteless jokes, he expressed genuine sentiments that were bigoted towards gay people. Repeatedly expressing fear of his son being gay and threatening to hit him with a dollhouse if he ever played with one were examples of naked homophobia. Hart’s initial reaction of being resistant and stubborn only made things worse. It would have been insensitive for him to present movies, many of which revolved around being LGBT, at the Oscars.
Kevin Hart being prevented from hosting the 2019 Oscars because of past homophobic tweets wasn’t the right solution, believes Susan Fowler of The New York Times. This is becoming a dangerously familiar pattern that sets a precedent which doesn’t allow for people to change or forget their past mistakes. While Hart’s tweets were offensive, he apologized and expressed deep regret. He said that he had changed since making those statements. Still, the internet didn’t forgive and ensured that he was let go. Society should promote forgiveness and encourage personal growth among individuals that have sinned, especially when they recognize their errors.