March 5, 2018
Hollywood isn’t really trying to remove rape from their deal. The Oscars were an anti-Trump event, not an anti-Weinstein event.
Kobe Bryant made it to the stage at the 90th Academy Awards, taking home the Oscar for animated short film for “Dear Basketball.” Some noted that with past rape accusations against Bryant, his appearance seemed an odd fit with the night’s Time’s Up anti-harassment theme.
Bryant, 39, was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Colorado in 2003. A year after the accusation, prosecutors dropped the charges because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial. Bryant said the sex was consensual.
The Oscars on Sunday focused heavily on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, meant to empower women to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse, and some viewers reacted harshly to seeing Bryant win the award.
They had to have known that putting Kobe up there would result in a bunch of “yeah but wait tho…” and they still did it. That was meant to be a statement – “we are drawing a line, we’re not letting sluts take down the entire establishment.”
It was a provocation, a purposeful “fuck you” to metooism.
This is unacceptable. Metoo must march on toward infinite glory.
The Academy must be forced to apologize for promoting professional rapeballer Kobe.