Kobe Bryant Oscar Win Draws Mixed Reactions on Social Media
Some fans were very happy for the former Lakers superstar, others were disgusted.
Kobe Bryant on Sunday won an Oscar for his animated short film Dear Basketball — and the victory drew mixed reaction over social media.
While numerous pro athletes tweeted at Bryant, congratulating him on the win for the film based on his retirement letter from the NBA, there were other users upset with his win, which comes in the middle of the #MeToo movement.
Bryant made headlines in July 2003 when he was arrested in Eagle, Colorado, on charges of sexual assault. Bryant publicly admitted he and the accuser did have relations, but he claimed it was consensual.
The criminal case was dropped after Bryant's accuser refused to testify, but a civil suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Part of the suit involved Bryant's apology, although he never admitted fault.
Twitter users, many unhappy with Bryant, criticized the win and some even posted that apology.
"Kobe Bryant gets the biggest cheer for coming into the interview room. GROSS #Complicit," Founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood Melissa Silverstein tweeted.
"Kobe Bryant just won an Oscar. Rape accusations really do ruin a man’s career. #Oscars," Renee Bracey Sherman, reproductive justice activist, tweeted.
"Kobe Bryant was arrested, charged with rape, and convinced the victim to drop the charges," sports reporter Julie DiCaro tweeted.