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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.

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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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BLACKPINK’s ‘Kill This Love’ music video just broke a massive YouTube record

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BLACKPINK is in your area and they aren’t playing around. Their new music video for ‘Kill This Love’ has broken a massive YouTube record.

The music video for their latest comeback reached a staggering 100 million views in just two days, 14 hours, and 13 minutes. It’s the fastest video to ever hit the milestone on the platform. The K-pop girl group beat the previous record held by PSY‘s ‘Gentlemen.’

They also beat out fellow K-Pop idols BTS by reaching 70 millions views in just one day, 13 hours, and 30 minutes. BTS previously held the record with their music video for ‘Fake Love,’ reaching 70 million in two days, one hour, and 50 minutes.

‘Kill This Love’ is BLACKPINK‘s lead single from their new EP of the same name.

Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé, and Lisa are set to take the stage at Coachella on April 12, making them the first female K-pop act to do so. Afterward, they set out on their In Your Area tour, hitting stops in the US and Canada, before heading to Europe and Australia.

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Lea Michele cast as Ariel in live concert of ‘The Little Mermaid’

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From Glee to the sea, Lea Michele is set to make waves as everyone’s favourite underwater princess, Ariel.

The Scream Queens star has been cast in a live performance of The Little Mermaid at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, meant to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Joining her onstage are Harvey Fierstein as Ursula, Ken Page as Sebastian, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, and Leo Gallo as Prince Eric.

Related | Disney is holding its first official LGBTQ Pride event

The cast will perform with a full orchestra while the original animated film plays behind them on a movie screen.

Audiences can expect to hear the film’s classic songs, like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

The performance takes place May 17 and 18.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner: “I love a soul, not a gender”

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Sophie Turner, known for her roles as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones and Jean Grey in the X-Men movies (including this year’s Dark Phoenix), spoke about love in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

More specifically, in the article, which focuses on her and GoT co-star Maisie WilliamsGrowing Up Game of Thrones,” Turner spoke about the way she loves. She revealed that she “never thought she’d get engaged so young, or at all,” adding, “I was fully preparing myself to be single for the rest of my life.” She is currently engaged to singer Joe Jonas.

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She goes on to say that she believes her soul to be much older than her age (22, in case you’re wondering) and that she’s “lived enough life to know” when she’s found the person she wants to be with.

“I’ve met enough guys to know — I’ve met enough girls to know. I don’t feel 22. I feel like 27, 28.” When pushed to elaborate on the “girls” part, Turner continued. “Everyone experiments. It’s part of growing up. I love a soul, not a gender.”

Turner didn’t label her sexuality one way or another.

'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner: "I love a soul, not a gender"

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 and Dark Phoenix hits theatres June 7, 2019.

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