After Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars following backlash over resurfaced homophobic tweets, several people pointed out that white female comedians like Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman had also sent out homophobic tweets in the past, without suffering consequences.
Nick Cannon was the most prominent critic. In response, the 48-year-old Silverman shared a thread on Twitter written by LGBTQ advocated Greg Hogben.
"There’s been a trend of LGBT allies being accused of homophobia recently. Mostly it’s jokes about Trump/Putin relationship," Hogben tweeted.
He continued, "The thing is, a lot of gay guys didn’t take offence sic to these comments, because we didn’t feel the violence or malicious intent behind it. Because we knew they were jokes. Because we knew these people were LGBT allies."
"We also knew the history and backgrounds of these women. They used their massive platforms to help us long before marriage equality," he wrote. "And continue to do so. To use your examples of Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer…"
"I can’t say the same for Kevin Hart. I can’t find a history of helping at risk LGBT youth," he continued. "To be honest, his tweets and his stand-up gig saying he’d ‘do anything not to have a gay son,’ made me bristle. In short, it *felt malicious."
But many weren’t having it. One critic wrote that his response was the "literal" definition of "double standard."
Meanwhile, the Oscars are having trouble finding a host to replace Kevin Hart, TMZ reports. Sources tell the site that the notoriously minute payment (said to be around $15K) is part of the problem.
The other part is all of the scrutiny that accompanies the gig: in addition to having their social media feeds dissected, their performance will frequently be savaged.
Past hosts have included Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Crystal.