Kevin Hart is facing renewed backlash over his Oscars controversy thanks to a quote he shared on Twitter from late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Hart had been selected as host of the 2019 Oscars, which drew immediate criticism when homophobic Twitter jokes he made nearly a decade earlier resurfaced.
In response, Hart issued an Instagram video that served to make the backlash even bigger due to its distinct lack of an apology.
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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
Later that same night, Hart responded by issuing an actual apology, taking to Twitter to announce he was stepping down as host so as not “to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Hours after those tweets, Hart returned to Twitter on Friday morning to share a quote from King, writing, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
However, that tweet began to receive backlash as well after another Twitter user pointed out that Hart only shared the first part of the quote, and by ignoring the sentences that followed completely missed the point King was trying to make.
“That’s what happens when you google a quote to make a point but haven’t actually read it before,” wrote the user after sharing the rest of King’s quote.
Meanwhile, other Twitter users issued some brutal responses to Hart’s tweet quoting King.