On December 4, Kevin Hart announced that he’d been tapped to host the Academy Awards next year, prompting swift backlash from Native Americans who had just finished decrying his choice to playact genocide with his son’s “cowboys and Indians” birthday party on Thanksgiving. He responded by saying, “This isn’t a racial slur that people are doing and being malicious with…. This is a game that’s been played for years.”

Just two days later, controversy knocked again when an editor at The Guardian resurfaced some of Hart’s old homophobic tweets—and they began to disappear from Twitter. Hart opted not to apologize for his behavior, instead telling people via Instagram to “stop looking for reasons to be negative.”

Hart later posted another video saying that the Academy gave him an ultimatum: if he didn’t apologize, it would find another host. He then tweeted that he was going to “stand his ground” and step down from the gig.


He later quoted civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


While some comedians and fans took to the internet to defend their fave, many used Twitter to brainstorm who should be brought in to replace him. Here are some of the best suggestions: