Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
Published Saturday 8 December 2018 7:32 EST
LOS ANGELES – "The most ungrateful work in the city" has made it harder.
Oscar games have a long-term host problem, but the rapid decline of Kevin Map over the old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger issues about the concert and responsibility of the history of social media.
It's just the last discussion about the Academy Award, which is struggling to curb rating decline for its inferior experience, while exacerbating the pressure that it will be the focal point for the flaws of the entertainment industry as a whole.
"I think it's embarrassing," said Matthew Belloni, editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter, about the Academy's decision to choose Map. "It shows that they either did not authenticate the host or check it out, and did not think it would be a problem, and both are a little worrying."
Hart seemed to pay an account for what the academy was looking for.
"He will check all boxes on the show as Oscars," Belloni said. "He's a legitimate movie star, he's a funny guy who can handle the show's rack and has a gigantic social performance, and academy is important because they want someone who can bring a new audience to the show."
But Oscars guests have always been checked.
Poor or even average performances can persecute people for years (Anne Hathaway and James Franco). Incorrect jokes have a way to bother in cultural consciousness (think about the song Seth MacFarlane "We've seen your breasts" or about Chris Rock's Asian jokes). Even if things do good enough, everyone gets the right envelope and nobody moves off, guests can still be blamed for bad ratings.
"Oscar guests have become unattainable in Hollywood, with few people seeing up," Belloni said. "You're putting a huge goal on your back."
People resigned from the public debate about the event in the midst of a debate as producer Brett Ratner made in 2011 for anti-gay misdemeanors. But Hart's case is a little different. Ratner's offensive remarks came after arranging a concert. Hart's tweets were almost ten years ago and were well known.
But in 2018, the past of social media can make a job. This summer, Walt Disney Co. fired director James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy for Old Tweets, joking about topics including rape and pedophilia. As with Hart, problematic tweets were compounded by the questioning of social media.
Immediately after Hart was confirmed as a host on Tuesday night, some journalists began to commemorate past Map remarks. On Thursday morning she wrote several articles about them. Horror was outraged, Hart said, but he did not excuse himself and added even more outrage, culminating in Hart's announcement Thursday evening that he was leaving as host of the 91st Academic Awards.
As the dust settled, the situation for some in the entertainment industry proved to be difficult. Actor D.L. Hughley commended the Map for his decision.
"Does a comic say anything that offends people and refuses to apologize?" Hughley is tweeted. "Leave them, leave a joke! All right, Kevin Hart." Snoop Dogg has released an even more varied Instagram video to support Hart.
The law firm GLAAD wishes Hart not to stop.
"Hart's apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but there was no real opportunity to make use of its platform and Oscars to build unity and awareness," said Glaad President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
The film academy still needs to turn to Hart's departure. Hart said the film academy had told him he had to apologize or lose a concert. He leaned himself and apologized.
Now everyone has an idea of who should be named a host. Woman? Comic? Is not a comic? Anyone in the LGBTQ community? All the above?
Many return to Whoopi Goldberg, who has been awarded the awards four times. Some called Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted one of Oscar's highest rated concerts, or Tom Hanks, who has a long-standing relationship with the academy.
Others said Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele, Will Smith or Lin-Manuel Miranda. Busy Phillips had her own name ("I AM AVAILABLE" she was tweeted). Philips also designed Issa Rae, Sarah Silverman, Ali Wong, Samantha Bee, Robin Thede and Aisha Tyler, or "Any other woman who works in Hollywood right now who wants it." Stephen King designed Patton Oswalt (It's "a funny, sharp tongue and he knows the movie," King tweeted.) Some even designed the Philadelphia Flyers Gritty Mascot. Or no host at all, which happened several times before and in 1989.
But the film academy will have to move quickly. 91. Oscars are less than three months old.