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Kevin Hart Gives An Apology That is Straight From the Hart About Past Homophobic Slurs

It’s been a long month for Comedian Kevin Hart. He has been under scrutiny after refusing to apologize after homophobic tweets resurfaced last month at the threshold of being offered to host the Oscars, but after push and pull in the media and several other comedians have come forward defending or opposing him, Hart has offered an apology.

Hart stepped down from hosting the event when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked him to publicly apologize if he wanted to continue hosting the awards show.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

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ABC News reports that during his latest SiriusXM show “Straight from the Hart” the comedian spoke about the past and how he has evolved and grown and arrived at a place where he can acknowledge his mistakes and move forward.

Hart spoke about the past homophobic slurs:

We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another ... This is wrong now. Because now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say ‘That s--- hurt because of what I’ve been through.

He continued to share a HARTfelt commiseration:

The fight is the will and want for equality. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you. But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change. If you don’t want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? Where does the equality part come in? I don’t think it’s wrong for people to have their own personal beliefs. I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change. Bottom line.

The show comes just days after Kevin Hart appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show where we learned that Ellen called the Academy to ask that they bring Hart back on as host after the fiasco. Ellen’s choice to support Hart perplexed the LGBTQ community. While the topic is sensitive to Ellen as a gay woman, she also believes that Hart has grown and can find value in the backlash that he has received.

The Academy has yet to find a replacement to host the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24th, but is it possible that Hart could be asked back?

h/t: ABC News

 

Trolls Used Gay Bloggers' Picture To Promote Pedophilia And Bait Conservatives

A gay couple’s travel blog was hacked and used to promote hate against LGBTQ people.

Over this holiday season, travel bloggers Karl Krause and Daan Coljin started to receive emails from their fans. These emails shared that their picture was being used to promote pedophilia.

“They were outraged emails,” Krause said. “They were saying: ‘How can that be? You are not pro-pedophilia. I know that.’”

NBC News reports that a Twitter user, under the name “Alex” and the handle @vaceyi, stole a picture of the couple kissing in front of a rainbow flag. That account then used the image in tweets promoting pedophilia.

“It’s frustrating to see someone misusing our image for political purposes — basically supporting an argument against the LGBTQ community with our work,” Krause told NBC.

The twitter account @vaceyi pushed the statement that “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation,” which sparked outrage from conservative news sources and twitter users. Many right-winged internet users took the bait as a serious argument.

 

That twitter account was then linked back to the infamous website 4chan. This happened because conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec reacted to the @vaceyi account with the following post.

“They are actually trying to argue that pedophiles are an ‘oppressed minority. Many warned this day would come.”

Later, a 4chan account user posted a comment asking, “Does [Posobiec] know he's being trolled by you guys and just going with it to look good? Or does he think the person tweeting this is serious?"

Eventually, Krause and his followers reported the @vaceyi account enough to have the account change its picture. Sadly, it then changed its profile picture to a stock photo of two black men kissing.

Now this past Thursday, Twitter has permanently suspended the @vaceyi account. This is due to Twitter’s rules against promotion of child sexual exploitation and impersonation.

"This type of deliberate attempt to undermine and disrupt the health of the public conversation has absolutely no place on our service," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Coordinated activity of this nature — including running multiple accounts and adopting fake personae — is a violation of the Twitter Rules. We are aggressively taking action pursuant with our policies."

h/t: NBC News

Watch: Milo Ventimiglia Gasp After Reading Fan Thirst Tweets

The latest celebrity thirst tweets video is out, and it’s including our favorite Pearson and Gilmore Guy.

Ever since he appeared in our screens as the punky Jesse Mariano in Gilmore Girls, we have loved and adored Milo Ventimiglia. Then his take as Peter Petrelli in Heroes turned him into the cool heroic lead we always knew he could be. But it was his role as Jack Pearson in This Is Us that turned Ventimiglia into the daddy we all want to have.

With all of those dreamboat roles, this actor has captured many hearts, collected many fans, and received thousands of thirst tweets. And now, we get to read a few of them (with the actor present!).

Buzzfeed has released another video of their celebrity thirst tweets and this time Milo Ventimiglia is there to read the salacious texts. Ventimiglia is burning his eyes in order to promote his new film Second Act with Jennifer Lopez, and we’re thankful that the film has given us an excuse for this following video.

You can check it out below.

 

Is Mexican Boxer Dario Larralde Really Sorry for Being Homophobic?

Last week, Mexican boxer Darío Larralde posted some very homophobic videos on social media that created uproar with fans and brought on a surge of online attacks toward the boxer. In the videos the boxer expresses his distaste for gay men and even goes as far as saying that he supports Hitler’s notion that gays are a ‘plague’.

The videos, which have since been deleted, were saved by followers and now survive on the internet forever.

In the videos the boxer says:

Fuck me! Fucking gays, I have a fucking phobia … everywhere I go, every day, there’s always a fucking gay punk on the corner watching me. And I hate it! Why me? I’m a fucking magnet for gays. I was just shopping and I pass by the perfume section and shit! A bunch of gays. All the gays were there at that very moment! It was horrible. If I have gay followers, which I don’t doubt, I’m sorry, but you annoy me. Everything your community does, everything you do, everything you represent, pisses me off. I will never accept it.  No. Fucking gays don’t ask you, they just accost you. They’re just there fucking observing you at a distance just watching you to see where you’re going so they can follow you. What the fuck?! Now I know how the women feel when they walk into the club and they get approached and women say ‘No thanks’ or whatever—shit, this is how it is with these guys. You tell them ‘NO’ and these guys get fired up, dude! And there they are right behind you, trying it like 10 times, until you fucking beat the shit out of them, they won’t understand. And you can’t even hit them because then they start with “Well, I’m gay!” Gays fucking piss me off, they piss me off.  I know that Hitler was a bad person, but I do support him in that. Fucking gays are a plague. They piss me off, they make me sick, I will never understand them. I hate them, I can’t.

Pretty atrocious. Larralde claims to be the representative of the Mexican national team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez called to the Mexican government to take action against Larralde for his hateful comments.

The Comité Olímpico Mexicano (Mexican Committee for the Olympics) has posted a public statement denouncing Larralde as a selection for the 2020 Olympics.

The Mexican Olympics Committee denounces the homophobic statements made toward the LGBT community by Darío Larralde, who is not part of the national boxing selection.

Since deleting his original post, Larralde has received an onslaught of hateful messages including messages urging him to kill himself. Sure, we should not be stooping to this guy’s level especially since Larralde has made public apologies. In a series of Tweets, Larralde expressed his thoughts.

Honestly, I don’t have a long time to explain this. I hope you will watch the interview later. I offer a huge and sincere apology. Things are not like this. I have nothing against lesbians, nothing against transsexuals, I have nothing against gay men. In fact, one of the men who has interviewed me is gay. That was the intention. I don’t hate gays, I’m not homophobic in that sense—and that word ‘homophobia’ is bad—everything I said is bad. For starters I thought I was speaking to a much smaller audience where I have always used dark humor and that has never bothered anyone. I’ve never offended anyone. But here’s the thing. It’s not that I don’t support you [gays], it’s not that you bother me, it’s not that I hate you, it’s not that I don’t want you to progress, and have lives, and adopt children—you can all do whatever you want. I’m happy as long as you’re happy. I know that video was bad and I know you all think differently about me and think I am just trying to save my career and clean my image, maybe I want more attention. Believe me, this has reached a new level. People have my phone number, they’ve threatened my family, my friends, my girlfriend. I don’t want anyone getting involved in my personal life and attacking me this way. That wasn’t what I intended.

I am not that type of person, honestly. Really, what I wanted to talk about was sexual harassment. It is something that I don’t tolerate and that is what bothers me about the gay community. And I know there are a lot of educated and respectful gays, I understand that. But I have encountered only gays who harassment and they don’t understand that I don’t bat for their team or that I have a girlfriend. It’s not fair. If you’re a hetero woman with a lesbian or a hetero man with a gay man, hetero with hetero, ‘No’ means ‘No’. I’ve had really bad experiences and in that moment I was really upset. In reality I’m against sexual harassment not the gay community. I’m not against you being free and doing whatever you want. Honestly, I applaud you. I’m glad your movement is progressing. I’m glad you’re all part of society—what I mean is that it is more accepted now, more supported. I’m happy for you. That’s great news! Really, I applaud you. But finally, forgive me. I don’t have a lot of time to speak, there’s not too much to explain, but I hope I can explain it later. A sincere sincere apology.

But people were NOT buying what Larralde was selling. After posting his apologies, people began attacking him again. Was there something not sincere about his “sincere sincere apology”?

He tweeted again:

Thank you to all the people who are watching the first and second parts of the video and NOT jumping to say ‘He’s an idiot’ or ‘He’s horrible’ or what not. I know I deserve this. I know people and the community will be like this for a while, and I understand that. I honestly earned it. I really hope you know that I don’t hate you. I really think that the word ‘homophobia’ doesn’t go with me. I really just think it is a ‘phobia’ of harassment. Not just from gays to heteros or lesbians to heteros, but from everyone. Harassment and abuse of any kind makes me sick. That’s what bothered me. That day I was really agitated and pissed off and I said some things that I can’t justify. And that’s why I understand. I understand you’re mad, I understand you won’t forgive me, that’s fine. I understand it perfectly. All I ask—in the nicest way—is that we try to share my apology so more people can acknowledge it. Also, please leave my family, friends, and girlfriend alone. They have nothing to do with this. I know I fucked up. I accept it. I will suffer the consequences. That’s all I ask. You can shit on me all you want. Please just leave them alone.

But it hasn’t been enough for followers. Many are not letting his comments go so easily and still lashing out to Larralde. He decided to bow out from Twitter because it appeared he couldn’t take the backlash any longer.

I’m leaving Twitter. Once again with a 100% sincere apology. I hope you will understand it after the 3 videos I made apologizing. I will never again talk about the #LGBTMexico community. Good luck with your movement. I wish you the best. Sincerest apologies.

But he came back. His final attempts at redemption was on December 10th, where he posted more videos—but this time it seems he has changed his tune and is more annoyed that he is being perceived as a monster on news and social media instead of being praised for his apologies.

What’s up with this, people? I keep showing up on news shows and videos and all that shit. I get it, it was a global fuck up. But I apologized and explained everything. I was talking about harassment. But are you kidding me? What’s up with these people? They keep saying “The gays are a plague, we have to exterminate them” “I want genocide and I want to kill everyone”. What the fuck? What’s up with that? I never said that. If you want you can go watch the original video. All I said was “Hitler was a bad person, but I agree that gays are a plague.” Then I said that I hated them like seven times. But I explained. I was pissed off that day, the temperature of things got hot, and then I was harassed that day. I explained it. You just need to go watch the apologies and see what I really mean. But stop writing that stuff. It’s fine if you want more controversy. It’s fine if you want more fucking drama. It’s fine that you want more views. That’s all fine. But I remind you that I’m also a person. I also have a family, I also have a girlfriend. I already explained everything. I explained it all. If it has been out of context or if I hadn’t explained it, I would understand that you keep shitting on me. But you all keep doing stupid shit like this. Taking the ugly segments of the video and sharing them. Or not sharing my apologies. Or misquoting me. The only thing you are doing is causing more problems for me and more hatred toward me. I’ve had death threats and people tell me to kill myself. What the fuck? Stop doing that. What the fuck?

And it seems like Larralde really can’t let things go. He took to Twitter one last time to try to get the last word in.

I want to talk about extremists—and from both sides. What the fuck? I don’t want to be on any side. I have people who are really homophobic coming to me and saying ‘you’re homophobic, let’s take them down. Let’s make a movement. Genocide.” and all that shit. That’s some crazy shit. They’re saying some stupid stuff that is straight out of a scary movie. No thanks. I don’t want to be part of your movement. I already explained that we don’t think alike. My disdain is for the sexual harassment and abuse and that’s it. And then there are the gays. I understand they’re mad, but I already explained it a thousand times. Done. I understand they want to shit on me, but watch my apologies, watch the original video and don’t allow others to cloud your perception. People are saying things I didn’t say. And there are people who are running with that. I never said to exterminate people or that I wanted genocide. Okay, extremists, calm down.

So after a handful of videos apologizing and re-explaining and trying to take back what he originally said, Darío Larralde has not returned to Twitter. His videos have been shared hundreds of thousands of times, but he seems to continue digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole. Maybe he should just stop trying to defend himself and let it go for a while.

h/t: Twitter

Gay Twitter Went Crazy Over This Man's Five-Year Body Transformation

A gay man is going viral for his transformation from a muscular build to a bear's body.

Business analyst Dusty Fuller, who goes by Cubby online, gained over 100 pounds and has entered the world of the bear community. Fuller wanted to show that five-year transformation on Twitter, and the photos have now gone viral.

In two separate tweets, Fuller simply says, “5 years, +100lb”

Fuller then elaborated more while talking to GayStarNews:

“My weight gain was on purpose. I used to strive to be a huge muscled dude with abs. I started lifting weights in 2012 and worked hard at lifting and counting calories and macros for a few years. However, I just wasn’t increasing my size like I wanted to. I had always been envious of beefier muscled bears, so in 2015 I decided to go that route to increase my size…I wanted to become a Bear.”

But how did he make this shift specifically? Fuller also shared that he lifts weights four days a week while consuming somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 calories. But, he states that he is focused on maintaining his health to make sure that his newfound weight doesn’t risk his well-being.

“My health takes priority over my weight and size.”

Many have commented positively and negatively on Fuller's change, but what is constant is the fact that many are talking about him. If you’re interested in seeing more of“Cubby” Fuller, you can follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Viral Tweet About A Gay Son Coming To Terms With His Ex-Jehovah's Witness Parents Will Make Your Day

Here’s an adorable story of love and acceptance for you.

21-year-old US citizen Azya Babula posted to Twitter late last month that he was thankful for his family’s acceptance of his sexual orientation.

"My parents (ex jevoha’s witnesses) finally told me they loved me and fully accapeted me being gay,” he wrote as a caption for the post.

“And then we had a full 2 hour convo about boys and exes and stuff. 21 years later y’all and the burden has been lifted off my shoulders IM SO HAPPY BUT CANT STOP CRYING.”

The post also included a video of himself as he cried and smiled towards the camera.

Babula later elaborated on Twitter that he was so touched by the love and acceptance from his religious family.

“You guys don’t understand; we fought for so long our relationship was horrible,” he remarked.

He also took the time to thank the internet for their warm response and love.

“I’m so overwhelmed and emotional ily all like this truly means so much to me,” he said.

In an interview with Pink News, Babula later spoke more on how the relationship with his family has evolved.

“My mom knew but we just never talked about it it was taboo in my family,” he shared.

“But, finally, two days ago, we had an open discussion about marriage and kids and where I see myself and my parents even threw some jokes in.”

“They finally told me that they understand that it’s not a choice, apologized that it took so long, and now I can freely talk about about it.”

“But it was a very long and hard journey to get here.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Family time is HOT #bestfriends

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Todrick Hall Apologizes For His Thirst Tweet About Shawn Mendes

Todrick Hall got himself into trouble after he shared a thirst tweet for Shawn Mendes that merged with an insensitive message on sexuality.

Perhaps the YouTuber and singer was spurred on by the recent surge of thirst tweets, and media coverage of them, by the ever thirsty Gus Kenworthy.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Me in the cloud searching for @zacefron's nudes like... #stopoverswitzerland

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One may wonder why one celebrity can continuously post thirst tweets about straight men and get praised while another is later chastised. But, the answer to that question lies in the added commentary on sexuality.

Trying to get in on the running thirst trend, Todrick Hall used the trending Shawn Mendes as his male object of choice. But Hall's thirst tweet quickly backfired on him.

Mendes is currently in the news for saying that he’s very uncomfortable with people’s constant need to ask him about his sexual orientation. The singer says it’s insensitive of people to constantly badger him when he’s clearly stated his answer.

“I thought, ’You fucking guys are so lucky I’m not actually gay and terrified of coming out,” said the singer to Rolling Stone.

But Todrick Hall may have missed that last bit, as he then wrote a tweet saying he has dibs on Mendes if the singer comes out.

“Shawn Mendes is not gay, or at least not yet,” the Drag Race judge wrote. “And he may never be…but one thing is for certain, if he EVER comes out. I’ve got dibs. Love you @ShawnMendes and your music! Hope to marry, sorry meet you someday.”

Of course, the internet, and especially twitter users, lashed out.

Keep in mind, there was no ill-intent meant with Hall's tweet. Just the poorly worded attempt at being witty and thirsty. In addition, some of the hate may have been overly biased/dramatic.

Nevertheless, the singer apologized after the internet complained.

The singer also responded to questions of why his comment was considered offensive.

Troye Sivan Checks Out Fan Thirst Tweets About Him (And Instantly Regrets It)

The latest video of a male celebrity reading thirst tweets about him is out and we can’t get enough of it.

From John Boyega to John Cena, Jeff Goldblum, and Henry Cavill, Buzzfeed has recorded many male celebs as they read the desires of their fans.

Now, singer and actor Troye Sivan is joining the ranks of those earlier men and having a great time while doing it.

“Good morning, America, I am awake and I want Troye Sivan to spit on me,” wrote one twitter user.

Sivan’s response to that? “I was about to say I’m into that but like ‘Whoa, whoa.’”

And that’s just the start of the video. It only gets crazier and thirstier from there.

Want to see how crazy Sivan fans get on Twitter? Check out the video below.

Gay Marine's Election Night Victory Gets Gus Kenworthy's Attention

From the look of things, Instinct readers were really happy to read about woofy former Marine Neil Rafferty’s big win Tuesday night as he came out on top in the race for the District 54 seat in Alabama’s state House.

In what can only be described as a landslide victory, Rafferty garnered a huge 90% of the vote in his bid to replace retiring state Rep. Patricia Todd, the state’s first openly gay legislator.

News of Rafferty’s triumph caught the attention of folks all over the interwebs, including that of a certain out Olympic skier.

Responding to a tweet celebrating Rafferty winning the seat, hunky Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy offered this invitation: “I have another seat for him.”

He followed that with a blond, bearded emoji face.

 

 

The Twitterverse, of course, responded. Here's just a sample of reactions:

 

No word on whether Rafferty plans on responding to the invitation.

(h/t Gay Star News)

Almost Hookup Shaded MNEK On Twitter And The Singer Responded

British pop singer and songwriter MNEK got dissed by a potential hookup on Twitter and then blasted him on social media.

A couple of days ago, MNEK took to his Instagram account, in which he has over 85,000 followers, and posted a screenshot of a tweet about him. The tweet said, “A famous singer wants to hook up with me but isn’t cute. Do I do it just to say I did?”

MNEK responded to the tweet with the words, “take ten guesses who the lucky famous singer was????”

MNEK later posted a second picture in which he explained his perspective on the situation.

“you could argue that I should be more careful with who i hook up with because i’m somewhat of a public figure.” [sic]

He then added, “but as a single young man, I gotta get my fix somehow. Can’t fuck in fear lol pls.” [sic]

More: Successful Songwriter MNEK Just Dropped His Debut Solo Album

Unfortunately, MNEK chose not to blur out the face and username of the man who first burned him. As such, his fans swarmed the account and the man has since changed his Twitter handle.

In addition, the man has tweeted that he is a “good person” who “sometimes does stupid stuff.” He has also asked MNEK’s fans to “Please take your hate elsewhere.”

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