Upcoming Oscars with no host

Jasmina Singmouangthong, Print Managing Editor

  The comedian, Kevin Hart is hilarious, has high energy and people skills. He was given the opportunity to host the 91st Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars), coming up on Feb. 24. Hart is a comedian and they talk about what people relate to. The perfect host consists of what Hart can bring to the Oscars.

   According to CNN, “Hart stepped down Dec. 7, just two days after announcing we would host; after homophobic comments he made years ago resurfaced.”

  The homophobic comments and tweets were made between 2009 and 2011. He has repeatedly apologized for what he said.

  On Dec. 6, 2018, Hart tweeted, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars… 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 incentive words from my past.”

  Hart has made changes in his life and career. He doesn’t use those comments in his shows anymore. Hart has stepped down from a bucket list dream of hosting the Oscars. This shows he is taking a stand for his past, his apology and his desire to move forward.

  “This marks the first time that the Academy Awards will operate without someone guiding the show since March 1989,” according to usmagazine.com.

  Is it wrong to attack someone for something they said or did 10 years ago? People should be held accountable for their actions, but actions from 10 years ago seem like an attack. Everyone should also be given a second chance.

  “You can’t grow as a person without mistakes,” Hart said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. “You don’t know what perfection is unless you’ve experienced imperfection… There isn’t a perfect bone in my body. I have made several mistakes, and I embrace them all because I’m a better man because of it.”

  DeGeneres even went so far as to contact the Academy to try to get Hart to host the Oscars. She’s forgiven him. She’s moved past his comments as a LGBTQ person.

   She’s even tweeted, “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real,” on Jan. 4, 2019.

  Hart, in his early career made poor comedic choices. He’s human and made a mistake with his jokes. At what point did society decide second chances aren’t allowed, or apologies are not accepted, and that people [Kevin Hart] can’t evolve or learn from [his] past issues? How long should mistakes be relived, especially with social media? The ‘good ole days’ of life not being examined by the whole world isn’t around. Now is a different era of constantly being connected, and everything you do or say lives forever, like Hart’s past jokes from ten years ago.