As you likely know by now, Kevin Hart has resigned as host of the Oscars.
But Nick Cannon doesn't think he should have been forced to do so.
Late this past Friday, Cannon defended his good friend by calling out others in the comedy business who have Tweeted negative things about the LGBT community over the years.
Hart, of course, has garnered a great deal of backlash over the past week or so after old Tweets and jokes surfaced, many of which were blatantly homophobic.
After Hart refused to apologize for these so-called jokes, explaining that he had already addressed them numerous times in the past, he stepped down as emcee of February's Academy Awards.
(And then he compared his situation to the Civil Rights Movement.)
Cannon, meanwhile, thinks some kind of double standard is at play here.
Sharing a 2010 Tweet by Chelsea Handler that reads "this is what a fag bird likes like when he flexes," for example, he wrote:
“Interesting I wonder if there was any backlash here."
Cannon went on to share a 2012 tweet from Any Schumer, in which the female comedian wrote, “Enjoy skyfall fags. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions.”
“I’m just saying… should we keep going???” the former America's Got Talent host captioned his message.
Cannon also brought up a Tweet Sarah Silverman wrote years ago in which she wrote:
"I dont mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette's a faggot."
When an Interner user responded to Cannon with “while you auditing tweets, you need to audit yours!” Cannon replied:
“Nope!! You know I’ve been saying f-cked up sh-t since twitter started! I don’t play that politically correct bullsh-t! F-ck politics!! Only Truth!”
By saying this, however, Cannon sort of went ahead and demonstrated the entire problem with Hart's former Tweets and current response to them.
When asked about some of her past language, Silverman once said the following:
"All I can do is learn from it, be changed forever by it, and do what I can to make it right going forward. Certainly stuff that I did 10 or 15 years ago, I cringe at now."
Conversely, Hart never issued a mea culpa for his homophobic remarks, many of which can't be considered jokes of any kind.
("One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay," he once said on stage. "That’s a fear... as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”)
To quote Hart's good buddy here, it sounds very much like Hart was just speaking his Truth.
And that's the entire problem.
This bigot hates gay people.
After realizing that his response to the flap could cost him long-term earnings and actually affect his career beyond hosting the Oscars, Hart did finally say the following on Thursday:
"I'm sorry that I hurt people.
"I am evolving and want to continue to do so... I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community and for my insensitive words from the past."
Whatever, Kevin. We've moved way past you.
Here's a look at who we think should host the 2019 Oscars instead.