Kevin Hart’s recent Oscars-related drama is being personified by a gold statue.
Days before the 91st Academy Awards, someone erected a gold statue modelled after Hart outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The statue of Hart is holding a rainbow flag, symbolic of the LGBTQ community, and sits on a plaque reading “Hollow Apology”.
Hart, 39, stepped down from his role as the host of this year’s Oscars shortly after the news was announced. His resignation was a result of old homophobic and transphobic tweets that resurfaced online. Many called for the “Night School” actor to step down, ultimately leading the Oscars no move forward without a host.
Street artist Plastic Jesus took credit for the statue and shared his support for the LGBTQ community in an Instagram post on Thursday. “This year’s Oscar statue ‘Hollow Apology’ featuring Kevin Hart,” the artist wrote.
“Over the past decades most countries have made great inroads fighting homophobia and hate; however, the current divisive rhetoric seems to have taken us back to the 1970s,” Plastic Jesus argued. “So much of the Entertainment industry output comes from LGBTQ Individuals we should be celebrating it and not creating a hateful environment.”
The 91st Academy Awards take place on Sunday.