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A statue depicting Kevin Hart holding a rainbow flag has been erected near the Dolby Theater, referencing the scɑndɑl that caused him to step down as host of the 2019 Oscars. The statue by Los Angeles based street artist Plastic Jesus is displayed on Hollywood Boulevard, near the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood The statue, resembling an Oscar statuette, bears the inscription “Hollow Apology” and was crafted by LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus.

A statue of Kevin Hart (pictured) holding a rainbow flag has been placed near the Dolby Theatre in reference to the scandal which led to him stepping down as host of the 2019 OscarsA statue of Kevin Hart (pictured) holding a rainbow flag has been placed near the Dolby Theatre in reference to the scandal which led to him stepping down as host of the 2019 Oscars

Hart resigned as host following backlash over past homophobic tweets that resurfaced, despite initially refusing to apologize. He eventually apologized but had already faced criticism for his previous remarks about homosexuality, including in his stand-up routines.

The figurine is supposed to mimic the Oscar statuette and is entitled 'Hollow Apology'. It was designed by LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus (pictured) 

The 91st Academy Awards will proceed without a main host, a rare occurrence since the 1989 ceremony. A 2009 now-deleted tweet from Hart displays his anti-gay humor but Oscar bosses and LGBT campaigners were not impressed by the remarks Instead, presenting duties will be shared among various celebrities, including Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lopez.Hart had initially refused to apologize for a 2011 tweet in which he said he would tell his son it was gay to play with a doll house To keep the show engaging, performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Bette Midler, and others are planned, while segments between awards will likely be streamlined to avoid unnecessary delays.The 39-year-old apologized on Twitter hours after refusing to say sorry because people were 'looking for a reason to be angry'Hart responded to criticism in a way that further inflamed backlash just two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy AwardsLady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper are set to perform a live duet of her hit song "Shallow" from their best picture contender "A Star is Born"Bette Midler will do the honors for the "Mary Poppins Returns" song "The Place Where Lost Things Go"

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