By: Rylee Marron
The internet will never be erased. The content that we all create whether it’s published or saved anywhere can always be found. Our old embarrassing MySpace profiles can come back to haunt us. Our selfies can show up with a fast search. But what about our public thoughts?
Comedian Kevin Hart, 39, recently experienced the troubles that come with Tweeting your thoughts. Deleted or not, the “Twitter mafia” found their way to callout Hart. Once he was nominated to be the 2019 Oscars host, he said to be his biggest dream of his on Ellen, Hart’s tweets that appeared to be homophobic and insensitive rose to the occasion. On December 4 2018, Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) quoted Hart’s tweet to call him out.
Hart quickly began to delete the tweets but it was too late. The Twitter Mafia had already
“In his initial response hours before stepping down, Mr. Hart did not apologize. ‘Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,’ he said in a video. ‘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 the 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.’
Six hours later, he seemed to reconsider that response.
‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘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 insensitive words from my past.’
Since then, there has been a lot of back and forth on people’s stance on Hart. Jonathan Van Ness, Netflix Queer Eye star, pointed out that he never fully apologized to the LGBTQ community.
About a month later after the homophobic tweet resurfaced, Ellen DeGeneres openly forgave Hart for the comments and said she believes in him. DeGeneres was one of the first open lesbians in Hollywood.
DeGeneres said he believes in second chances and that Hart deserves one.
So, the discussion goes back to our lecture in class about the “mafia” and ultimately bullying on both ends. Did Hart deserve the backlash and should pay his dues? Or should we forgive a man for tweets from 2011?
The internet mafia is in full force. Who knows who is next.