Kevin Hart delivered a moving speech about diversity while presenting at Sunday's Academy Awards, but a censor in Hart's speech has left many social media users wondering just what the comedian said.
"I want to applaud all of the actors and actresses of color that didn't get nominated tonight," the 36-year-old said, addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that plagued the award ceremony after people of color were shut out of all acting categories for the second year in a row.
"At the end of the day we love what we do, we're breaking major ground doing it," he continued. "These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let's not let this negative issue of diversity beat us, let's continue to do what we do best."
Kevin Hart was bleeped. I was watching that time. Best I can tell, he only said, "Congratulations," but he said it in a very black way.— Brosephine Wires (@JoParkerBear) February 29, 2016
Did Kevin Hart get bleeped during that bit or am I nodding off already? #Oscars— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) February 29, 2016
Great Kevin Hart moment—but what the eff got bleeped?— Sarah Larson (@asarahlarson) February 29, 2016
YOOOOO they bleeped out Kevin Hart wtf man— Richard Rodriguez (@RichardR95) February 29, 2016
Amid an onslaught of applause, it seemed that the comedian gave a "congratulations" to his fellow actors and actresses of color, but the comedian's final statement – as well as the audience's applause – was bleeped out.
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Social media users have since speculated what the Ride Along 2 actor said that warranted a sound cut.
One person tweeted: "What did Kevin Hart say that got bleeped out..? Who reads lips lol."
Another Twitter user wrote: "Did Kevin Hart get bleeped during that bit or am I nodding off already? #Oscars"
"Kevin Hart was bleeped. I was watching that time. Best I can tell, he only said, 'Congratulations,' but he said it in a very black way," another person tweeted.