Nick Cannon Defends Kevin Hart, Posts Other Comedians' Homophobic Tweets
By Peyton Blakemore
December 9, 2018
Nick Cannon is defending Kevin Hart.
After the comedian stepped down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, following his refusal to apologize over his past homophobic comments on Thursday (December 6), Nick took to Twitter on Friday (December 7) to share three resurfaced old tweets from comedians Chelsea Hander, Amy Schumer, and Sarah Silverman where they used homophobic language — seemingly in effort to show racial bias for the way that Kevin's scandal was handled.
"Interesting," Nick wrote alongside a 2010 tweet of Chelsea's where she used the f-word. "I wonder if there was any backlash here…" In the full tweet, Chelsea wrote "This is what a f*g bird likes like when he flexes." Nick then shared a 2010 tweet from Sarah where she wrote, "I dont mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f***ot." He also shared a 2012 tweet of Amy's where she wrote, "Enjoy skyfall f—. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions," which he captioned: "I’m just saying… should we keep going???"
To note, Sarah recently told The Guardian, per People, "All I can do is learn from it, be changed forever by it, and do what I can to make it right going forward." She added: "Certainly stuff that I did 10 or 15 years ago, I cringe at now."
As previously reported, Kevin received almost immediate backlash for his appointment as host of the 2019 Oscars after multiple homophobic tweets he shared from 2009-2011 resurfaced. The backlash only intensified after Kevin refused to apologize for his controversy words.
On Thursday, Kevin posted a video to Instagram that he captioned "I know who I am and so do the people closest to me." In the video, he explained that the Academy called him and gave him an ultimatum: either he apologized for his tweets or he wouldn't be able to host the awards show. Kevin said, "I chose to pass, I passed on the apology." Hours later though he wrote an apology, but revealed he decided to drop out of the role.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar’s, he tweeted. "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. 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."
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