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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash

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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash

It was announced Wednesday afternoon that comedian Kevin Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars ceremony. Fast-forward just over 24 hours, and he’d stepped down.

All of this comes as a result of the firestorm of backlash Hart has received after old, homophobic tweets of his resurfaced. Rightly so, many people have been unable to ignore the hateful messages.

After he was announced as the host of the 91st annual Academy Awards, Hart began deleting old tweets that included jokes about gays, jokes about AIDS, derogatory slurs, and a hell of a lot more.

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid homophobic tweets backlash

When the backlash first began, Hart took to Instagram to defend his actions, refusing to apologize, even after the Academy phoned him and demanded he do just that.

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Eventually, however, Hart made a public statement on his Twitter:

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s. 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. I’m sorry that I hurt people… I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

OMFGay readers: what do you think of Hart’s apology?

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Ryan O’Connell says ‘Special’ season 2 will have “a lot more gay sex”

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Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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Fans of Netflix’s Special are in for a treat because the show has been renewed for a second season and the show’s creator and star, Ryan O’Connell, has promised “a lot more gay sex.”

The groundbreaking series, based on O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, follows character Ryan Hayes, a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to reinvent himself and live the life he wants.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, O’Connell revealed his frustration that more shows don’t depict the reality of “sexual experiences for gay people, many of whom grew up with little to no education.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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In the new season, he plans to change that. “I think anything that still has a stigma attached to it just naturally excites me,” he told EW. “I think there shouldn’t be any of that, especially with gay sex. I’ve had to suffer through so many straight sex scenes and now everyone else has to pay.”

Related | A gay man slept with his straight roommate and now things are super awkward

Referencing his own sexual experiences as a young gay man, he added “I remember when I started having sex when I was 17 — not to brag — I didn’t know anything about anal sex at all.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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“I went to Barnes & Noble and got this book called Anal Pleasure and Health that was for straight people. L-O-actual-L… For like three months, I thought you could only have sex on your stomach.”

Special season 2 currently doesn’t have a release date, but season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

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These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race
Sakimi Chan

We’re all very familiar with the classic Disney characters and what they look like. We also understand that most of Disney’s highly-famous characters are women – as they should be!

But have you ever wondered what Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen might look like as men? What about Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty?

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan, who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations.

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations. 

Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Elsa from Frozen

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Pocahontas from Pocahontas

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ariel from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

You’ll also love | Here’s your first look at Nicole Maines as TV’s first transgender superhero, Dreamer

This article was originally published on January 21, 2019.

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

Hollywood is filled with some of the most drool-worthy abs around, right? From Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt to athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, it’s a veritable thirst-trap.

Use your keen eyes to take our quiz below and see if you’re able to identify these famous celebrity abs!

What was your score?

Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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