Kobe Bryant just won the Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball, but Twitter isn’t celebrating. Tonight’s Academy Awards is the first in a post-#MeToo world, and they just awarded a statue to someone who was accused of rape. In 2003, the former basketball player was arrested in Eagle, Colorado after a 19-year-old hotel employee said she was sexually assaulted. His accuser declined to testify in court, therefore criminal charges were dropped, but the civil case was eventually settled out of court. Hollywood says it wants to change, but this most recent move proves there’s still a lot to learn.
“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did,” Bryant said in a statement following the case, later saying “I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”
Basically, Twitter is having none of it, and is here to school anyone who may have forgotten.
Hollywood: TIME’S UP
Also Hollywood: Congratulations to Oscar winner Kobe Bryant!!!
— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar is proof #MeToo hasn’t even scratched the surface.
— Celia (@_celia_marie_) March 5, 2018
LOLOLOL WE GAVE AN OSCAR TO KOBE BRYANT IN THE YEAR OF #METOO.
— Bowen Yang (@bowenyang) March 5, 2018
KOBE BRYANT! OSCAR WINNER! RAPIST! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) March 5, 2018
Anyway, Kobe Bryant has an Oscar AND a sexual assault allegation.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) March 5, 2018
I am still so grossed out by all the media falling over themselves to kiss Kobe Bryant’s ass. #oscars
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) March 5, 2018
And in case you were interested in his full statement:
Here’s the statement Kobe Bryant’s attorney read aloud in court: “After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.” https://t.co/1rFX8l5s05 pic.twitter.com/WoARZenwP7
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 5, 2018
Time’s Up, but it’s easy to wonder sometimes if anyone is listening.
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