Ellen DeGeneres Receives Criticism for Supporting Kevin Hart

Hart stopped by her show on Thursday, where Ellen defended the comedian and encouraged him to return to the Oscars to host.

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Hart and Ellen twitter

Ellen is facing some backlash after coming to Kevin Hart’s defense in the latest chapter of his 2019 Oscar hosting debacle.

TL;DR: Kevin Hart stopped by Ellen’s show, where he opened up about stepping down from the Oscars after decade-old homophobic tweets of his surfaced online. During their conversation, Ellen encouraged Hart to return to the Oscar stage and supported the comedian on Twitter writing, “I believe in second chances.”

I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real. pic.twitter.com/oJxfGXhU4P

— Ellen DeGeneres (@EllenDeGeneres) January 4, 2019

People are now criticizing Ellen for stepping in to defend and encourage Hart. Sure the tweets are old, but he also failed to apologize for them earnestly, which is still a point of contention for many. 

And furthermore, Ellen can't forgive someone on behalf of the community, LOL. That's NOT how that works! I think she gave Kevin a pass instead of having an actually productive conversation about what these words and attitudes mean and how prevalent they are in our society.

— pfpicardi (@pfpicardi) January 4, 2019

I feel like if you’re not homophobic anymore, you shouldn’t mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. I don’t want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn’t hear your meager apology the first time.

— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 4, 2019

Ellen is not only publicly defending Hart, but even called the Academy to ask them to reinstate him as the host. “They were like, ‘Oh my God, we want him to host,'" DeGeneres said during the show. "'We feel like maybe it was misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host. Whatever we could do, we would be thrilled.’”

Hart is reportedly now considering a return to the Oscars. The criticism for Ellen is two-fold, as she's not only defending Hart, but doing so while shunning voices of queer people who called him out in the first place.  

remember when ellen did that NYT interview last month and feared she was out of touch? yeah. https://t.co/FXpOMxXLwe

— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 4, 2019
However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it. Thank you for being here, @KevinHart4real. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FVKZ6FIQAx

Ellen didn't directly address the criticism, but she did post a tweet that seemed to at least allude to it. "However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it," the account said in a tweet that included a clip of her interview with Hart.

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