Street Artist Erects Statue of Kevin Hart Holding LGBTQ Pride Flag Near Oscars Venue

The street artist Plastic Jesus (you may recall he put Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star behind bars last September) has struck again, mocking deposed Oscars host Kevin Hart with a gold life-size statue in his likeness, holding an LGBTQ Pride flag.

Hart is depicted standing on a pedestal that bears the words “Hollow Apology”. The statue was erected at La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, blocks from the theatre where the Academy Awards are to take place on Sunday night.

Said Plastic Jesus of the statue: “Sadly, this year with the current feeling and rhetoric within the US, it seems that it’s now acceptable again to hate someone because of their sexual orientation. We all know many people in Hollywood and the entertainment industry who are LGBTQ, and we should be celebrating diversity, not attacking it like it’s the 1970s again.”

The statue was a collaboration with the artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe.

Hart stepped down as host of the Oscars in December after past homophobic tweets surfaced online.

Tweeted Hart: “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.”

A few days before stepping down, Hart had posted an Instagram video in which he said that he had received a call from the Academy who told him to apologize or lose the hosting gig. Hart said he would “stand [his] ground” and see what happened.

The controversy began after a gay son ‘comedy’ bit from a 2010 stand-up comedy special resurfaced on Twitter.

In the bit, Hart makes a “joke” about not wanting a gay son, saying, “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. I have nothing against gay people. Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

Hart continued, telling the audience he’s worried about “handling his son’s first gay moment correctly,” saying that when your kid has his “first gay moment…you gotta nip it in the bud right then.”

“Hey, stop! That’s gay! Quit it!”, says Hart, to gales of laughter. Hart then goes on to describe seeing another boy “grinding on [his] son’s ass,” telling the audience that he “panicked” and “knocked them both down.”

Several homophobic tweets from Hart resurfaced as well, including one which read: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’.”

In a Reddit AMA in 2014, Hart was asked, “You find a lot of comedy in male insecurities, including a famous bit where you express fear that your son will be gay. You praised Frank Ocean at the MTV VMAs in 2012 for having the courage to come out, and recently said in an interview that you don’t do jokes any more about gays. What changed your mind on this subject of humor?”

He replied:  “It’s just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations. So, it’s just best left alone.”

He later told Rolling Stone: “It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers. I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?”

In 2015, Hart said he would never play a gay role  because of his own insecurities, revealing that he turned down a spot in 2008’s Tropic Thunder because the role was for a “flagrant” gay character.

Said Hart: “Not because I have any ill will or disrespect, it’s because I feel like I can’t do that because I don’t think I’m really going to dive into that role 100%. Because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Like, would I think people are going to think while I’m trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way that I’m supposed to. ”

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What to look out for at the queerest Oscars yet

Roma; Bohemian Rhapsody; The Favourite; A Star Is Born; and Black Panther - five of this year's Best Picture nominations

Movie fans are gearing up for the most LGBTI-inclusive Oscars in history this Sunday (24 February).

For the first time, more than half of the Best Picture nominations include LGBTI characters or actors.

The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Vice, and Green Book are all up for the award.

LGBTI characters, actors, directors, and screenwriters have been nominated for awards across the board.

This year’s nominees ‘reflect a banner year for LGBTQ inclusion in film’ US LGBTQ organization GLAAD said.

‘The diversity across the full list of nominations should be celebrated and will no doubt lead to more inclusive, culture-changing films’ said GLAAD Presiden Sarah Kate Ellis.

Some people, however, argue the nominations are not as inclusive as they look.

What’s more, Queen, fronted by gay popstar Adam Lambert, will perform at the Academy Awards. The Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is up for five awards.

For only the second time in the Oscar’s 90-year history, the night will take place without a host.

The Acadamy announced US comedian Kevin Hart would be Oscar host in December last year. But, he stepped down following a fierce backlash after his long history of homophobic jokes was revealed.

The 91st Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles from 5pm (US East Coast Time) on Sunday (24 February).

Here’s what to look out for:

The favorite?

The Favourite, telling the very queer and very brazen story of two women vying for the favor of England’s Queen Anne, is up a massive 10 awards.

The movie, which features British actress Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne, was one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2018.

The Favourite is up for Best Picture as well as a Best Original Screenplay. Coleman is up for Best Actress.

Queen Anne’s suitors, played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, could take home Supporting Role awards.

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman in The Favourite | Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman in The Favourite | Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Oscars may also award The Favourite for film editing, production, costume, cinematography, and directing.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handed The Favourite seven awards out of 12 nominations.

It also won Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair.

What’s more, Coleman won best actress in a musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.

We are the champions?

Bohemian Rhapsody, charting the rise to fame of the late queer musician Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, is up for five Oscars.

It’s the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time.

Critics widely expect Rami Malek, who plays Mercury in the film, to take home the Best Actor award.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, performing at Live Aid in the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, performing at Live Aid in the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox)

The Golden Globes, SAF, and the BAFTAs have already awarded him for the role.

The biopic is also nominated for Best Picture and sound and film editing awards.

While the film has been incredibly well-received commercially, some critics say it fails to examine Mercury’s queer identity in any meaningful or nuanced ways.

At the BAFTAs, it picked up the award for Best Sound and Rami Malek won for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

A Star is Born

A Star is Born – which features bisexual actress Lady Gaga, as well as Drag Race queens Willam and Shangela – is up for eight awards.

Gaga could take home the Best Actress award. Her co-star and director, Bradley Cooper, meanwhile is up for Best Actor.

The movie depicts the love story of seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) and struggling artist Ally (Gaga). It is also up for Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay and cinematography and sound mixing gongs.

Lady Gaga won three Grammys earlier this month.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. | Photo: Warners Bros

More nods

The Oscars has recognized Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, who play a lesbian and a gay man respectively in Can You Ever Forgive Me, with acting nominations.

Mahershala Ali, who of course won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Moonlight in 2017, has been nominated in the same category again for Green Book.

Many people interpret the star’s character in the movie to be LGBTI as he has a same-sex sexual encounter in the movie.

Green Book tells the true story of Dr Don Shirley (played by Ali), an African-American pianist who forms an unexpected bond with his driver.

The Acadamy has recognized Barry Jenkins’ latest movie If Beale Street Could Talk with nominations for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, Best Supporting Actress (for Regina King) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Author: Rik Glauert

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Street artist erects satirical statue of Kevin Hart ahead of this weekend’s Academy Awards

Plastic Jesus, Kevin Hart, Hollow Apology, statueA satirical street artist is reminding film-lovers that homophobia is alive and well in 2019.

Author: Daniel Villarreal

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