Kevin Hart 'Hollow Apology' Statue Erected for Academy Awards

Just before this weekend's Academy Awards, an artist known as Plastic Jesus has installed a golden statue of comedian Kevin Hart holding a rainbow flag with the words "Hollow Apology" written beneath it.

Clearly meant to mimic the golden statue given out for awards, the art piece is a scathing rebuke of Hart's attempts at apologizing for his past words against the LGBTQ community.

The statue, located just around the corner from Hollywood's Dolby Theater (the awards show venue), is a reference to Hart's angry apologies issued to the LGBTQ community after people unearthed his years-old homophobic comments. "This year's Oscar statue "Hollow Apology" featuring Kevin Hart", the artist captioned a photo of his statue Thursday on Instagram. Starting with Kevin Hart's loss of the gig to now certain artists backing out of performances, the awards ceremony seems to be facing more trouble than expected.

Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars in December amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade earlier that were resurfaced on Twitter. Others also pointed out to a joke in his stand-up routine in which he described his son coming out as gay as his "biggest fear". "It took him some time to apologize. So much of the entertainment industry output comes from LGBTQ individuals. we should be celebrating it and not creating a hateful environment".

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Although he said that he wouldn't apologize again, Hart eventually tweeted out another one and still turned down the opportunity to be on the stage citing that he feels it would take away from what the show was really about.

Hart's mea culpa was received as a frail effort.

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.

Also previous year, Plastic Jesus and fellow street artist Joshua "Ginger" Monroe unveiled a life-size golden statue of Harvey Weinstein sitting on a sofa, the statue captioned "Casting Couch" in reference to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against the Hollywood producer.

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