Kevin Hart Would Rather Quit The Oscars Than Apologize For Homophobic Tweets

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Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for his past homophobic statements.

After he was announced as the host earlier this week, Hart was met with opposition for some homophobic tweets he made in the past, along with jokes from his stand-up routines from nearly a decade ago. He deleted the tweets throughout the day on Thursday, but the criticism didn't stop. He then made matters worse by posting a video to his Instagram story.

In the video, he stated that the Academy had asked him to apologize for his past statements, and said that he "chose to pass." He said that he won't apologize for his statements because he's tired of addressing them, which he says he's done several times.

"This is not the first time this has come up," he said. "I've addressed it. I've spoken on it. I've said where the rights and wrongs were. I've said who I am now versus who I was then. I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life."

Obviously, no one felt sorry for him for having to continue to offer apologies for past offensive jokes and statements, especially when all of them were, until yesterday, still posted to his account. After receiving even more backlash for his non-apology, he tweeted his resignation from hosting later that night.

Hart said that he chose to step down because he didn't want to be "a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many talented artists." He did, though, continue on to apologize for his "insensitive words from my past."

The Oscars are set to air in February.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.