Kevin Hart has broken his silence about the uproar over his antigay tweets.
The 39-year-old actor, who was recently announced as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, became the subject of criticism after dozens of homophobic posts resurfaced on social media.
In response to the backlash, Hart, known for films like Night School and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, posted a shirtless, black-and-white video to Instagram Thursday explaining his state of mind.
"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space where I'm at now," he said.
"My team calls me, 'Oh, my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago,'" he recounted, along with his reply. "Guys. I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I'm the wrong guy, man. I'm in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity."
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
The caption on the Instagram post included an additional message to those angry with the actor and comedian.
"Stop looking for reasons to be negative ... Stop searching for reasons to be angry," he wrote, concluding, "I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that's on you."
Screenshots of Hart's problematic tweets — many of them now deleted —resurfaced this week after the announcement of his upcoming hosting gig. Most were dated between 2009 and 2011. Antigay slurs like "fag" were common in these posts, and there was also a declaration that he would assault his son if he exhibited gender-nonconforming behavior.
"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,' Hart, then 31, wrote in 2011.
"How many 'gay' men sweat when they wear dress shirts because real men don't lmao p.s fag," another tweet from 2009 reads.
Many were dissatisfied with Hart's response to the revelation of his history of such hateful remarks. Peter Paige — the gay cocreator of The Fosters on Freeform, a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group — asked Disney to enroll Hart in "sensitivity training" or risk a boycott.
Hey @DisneyABCTV - you realy want LGBT people boycotting the gay superbowl (AKA the Oscars)? I don’t think so. You need to get @KevinHart4real into some sensitivity training NOW. Or replace him. “Y’all killing my buzz” is not an apology. @kareyburke @BobIgerCEO @TheAcademy
— Peter Paige (@ThePeterPaige) December 7, 2018