February 25, 2019 at 7:07 am PST | by Mariah Cooper
Statue of Kevin Hart holding a rainbow flag appears near Oscars venue

Kevin Hart statue erected outside of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo via Instagram)

Kevin Hart ultimately ended up not hosting the 2019 Academy Awards following past homophobic jokes and tweets he made that resurfaced, but the comedian still made a surprise appearance.

Street artist Plastic Jesus created the art piece titled “Hollow Apology” which features Hart as a gold statue holding a rainbow flag.

Plastic Jesus’ original caption on Instagram about the statue read: “Over the past decades most countries have made great inroads fighting homophobia and hate, however the current divisive rhetoric seems to have taken us back to the 1970’s. So much of the entertainment industry output comes from LGBTQ Individuals we should be celebrating it and not creating a hateful environment.”

It appears Plastic Jesus received some backlash for the statue as the original caption was deleted and replaced with a notice that comments have been disabled on the post.

“Comments turned off. Apparently it’s wrong to call out homophobia,” the post now reads.

 
 
 
 
 
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Plastic Jesus is no stranger to creating art from controversy. He has also placed prisons bars on Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star and created a gold statue of Harvey Weinstein on a casting couch.

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