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Billy Eichner highlights ‘toxic masculinity’ after Kevin Hart’s Oscar row

Billy Eichner highlights ‘toxic masculinity’ after Kevin Hart’s Oscar row

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Billy Eichner has said that ‘toxic masculinity is real’ following a row involving fellow comedian Kevin Hart as next year’s Oscar host.

Hart recently stepped down as host of the 2019 Academy Awards due to homophobic tweets he posted ten years ago.

Eichner, the star of Billy On The Street and American Horror story and who is openly gay, said on Twitter that he accepted Hart’s apology, but also that he would ‘ALWAYS fight for my LGBTQ community to get the respect we deserve’.

The controversy surrounding Heart’s tweets came about after the comedian and actor had only been picked as the host on Tuesday (4 December).

But soon after the announcement, tweets from Hart’s Twitter account surfaced, where the star appears to have made homophobic jokes between 2009 and 2011.

Heart soon apologized and announced on Twitter that he was stepping aside from hosting duties on Friday (7 December).

‘I will ALWAYS fight for my LGBTQ community’

In response, Eichner posted on his Twitter account: ‘I’ve been around in this business for a minute. As one of very few openly gay men in comedy who’s fortunate enough to work as much as I do, I will ALWAYS fight for my LGBTQ community to get the respect we deserve. ALWAYS.’

He added that in a seemingly empathetic tone in drawing attention to ‘toxic masculinity’.

‘I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough – they leave you vulnerable. Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too. So on that note, I appreciate @KevinHart4real apologizing. And apology accepted. That’s all,’ Eichner posted.

Filling the hosting shoes…?

Following Hart’s stepping down, speculation on Twitter as to who will replace him has been rife, with a number of stars casually throwing their names into the ring.


However, Eichner appeared to have different plans for an all-LGBTI hosted award ceremony, with a follow-up tweet saying: “I will not rest until the Oscars are hosted by the cast of Love Simon, the ghost of Harvey Milk and the entire executive board of Planned Parenthood.”

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