Should old offensive tweets ruin careers?

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In today’s world, anything you say can be punishable. Tweets surfacing from celebrities’ and professional athletes’ pasts have come back to haunt them. Latest Heisman winner Kyler Murray and comedian Kevin Hart have been under negative light after tweets posted years ago have resurfaced.

 

Hart has decided to step down from the Oscars because of the sensitive tweets. These tweets surfaced when he first announced he would be the host of the 91st academy awards. Hart has since deleted these tweets.

Kevin Hart is one of the biggest American comedians, but his career is taking a blow due to these homophobic tweets and comments from 2009 and 2010.

Hart has apologized multiple times to the LGBT community for his hurtful comments. “I’m sorry that I hurt people… I am evolving and want to continue to do so,” Hart said.

The day after winning college football’s most prestigious award, Kyler Murray had to apologize for using homophobic words in a series of tweets from 2011 and 2012. At the time Murray was 14 and 15. Murray could be punished in his professional life for using sensitive words such as “queer” to mock others on twitter when he was 14.

Hart and Murray should not be punished for the things they said or tweeted years ago. While using homophobic slurs isn’t okay, neither is digging up celebrities’ ancient controversial tweets during times of success. They have matured and have now learned that comments such as these are not appropriate.

Hart wrote the homophobic tweets in a comedic light, and he did not intend for them to be taken seriously.

In a 2015 interview from before the controversy, Hart said while discussing a homophobic joke, “I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can.”

Murray was only a teenager, and teenagers usually aren’t politically correct. They also aren’t mature enough to understand the gravity of the slurs they are repeating. Hart and Murray should apologize and should only be punished if they say homophobic comments again.