Sorry not sorry!
A statue of Kevin Hart holding an LGBTQ Pride flag recently appeared in Los Angeles outside the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are being held tonight.
An inscription on the base of the life-size golden likeness reads “Hollow Apology.”
Hart famously stepped down from hosting this year’s Oscars amid backlash surrounding his homophobic history. He repeatedly made anti-gay comments in a series of tweets between 2009 and 2011, threatening his son with violence if he caught him playing with dolls, and insulted various celebrities by calling them “gay” or “fag.”
“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart eventually wrote on social media. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so.” The 39-year-old entertainer initially failed to issue a public apology, telling people to “stop looking for reasons to be angry.”
While Ellen DeGeneres rushed to Hart’s defense and asked the Academy to rehire the comedian, CNN news anchor Don Lemon, noting that 44% of homeless gay youth are black and were likely kicked out of their homes, called on the comedian to become an ally to the LGBTQ community.
Hart responded with another apology on his SiriusXM radio show but said that it is “not his dream” to be an LGBTQ ally.
L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus seems to have taken credit for the shady Hollywood Boulevard statue of Hart on Instagram.
“The current divisive rhetoric seems to have taken us back to the 1970s,” the artist wrote in a since-deleted post. “So much of the entertainment industry output comes from LGBTQ individuals… we should be celebrating it and not creating a hateful environment.”
Plastic Jesus’ previous headline-grabbing works include prison bars placed over Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star and a Hollywood Boulevard statue of Harvey Weinstein wearing a bathrobe on a casting couch.
The Oscars will be held tonight without a replacement host.