American comedian Kevin Hart has once again rendered his apology to the LGBTQ Community after he stepped down as host of the Oscars award, following a controversy over past homophobic tweets and comments.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” the comedian and actor said on his SiriusXM show “Straight From the Hart” Monday.
He continued: “I am now moving on from this because I am hoping the apology is accepted. … I am not homophobic and never have been.”
Kevin recalled his past controversial remarks on the radio show, adding that he previously “thought it was OK to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another.” He says he now understands, however, that “this is wrong.”
Now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel,” he said. “The fight is the will and want for equality. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you.”
Hart vowed never to include any offensive material toward the LGBTQ community in any of his comedy acts moving forward.
“The Upside” star acknowledged that he is not the same person who tweeted words like “homo” and “gay” nearly a decade ago and asked critics to recognize he’s changed.
“In the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change,” Hart said. “If you don’t want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? Where does the equality part come in?”
He continued: “I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change. Bottom line.”