After Being Named 2019 Oscars Host, Kevin Hart Called Out for Homophobic Joke He Made in 2009

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I mean, are you surprised? 
As soon as Kevin Hart was announced to host the 2019 Academy Awards, which is set to have a record-number of LGBTQ-nominated films and actors, an old “joke” the comedic actor made — about not wanting his son to be gay — started making the rounds all over the net.
The joke was uttered in Hart’s 2010 comedy special, "Seriously Funny," in which he claimed his “biggest fear” was his son “growing up and being gay.” He added, “Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. I have nothing against gay people. Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.” He then went on to give examples of his then 3-year-old son having his first gay moment with a friend and how he needed to “nip it in the bud” by screaming at him, “Stop, that’s gay!” 


Hart has since condemned that joke, telling Rolling Stone in 2015 that it was really about his “own insecurities” as a parent, again saying he was not homophobic, but adding that he “wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.”
Again, Hart has spoken about the joke more than once since. In 2017, he told Parade, “I had one gay joke in my career and it was about my son at a birthday party, and it was before things got as P.C. as they are now.” As for the backlash, “I get it,” Hart said. “At the end of the day, people are people, attacking is attacking.” He ended by saying, “[Obviously,] there’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
Last week, Hart had another controversy when he threw his younger son a cowboys-and-Indians-themed first birthday. Instead of apologizing, which most people seem to do when a mob attacks you these days on social media, he did the opposite, saying the controversy “shows just how stupid our world is becoming with opinions. People are at a point of an all-time high. To throw racial judgment into the development of a 1-year-old’s birthday party where the theme is cowboys and Indians?” He called the controversy “dumb s***.”