Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant Wins. 'Time's Up But Not For Kobe,' Says Twitter

Twitter is upset with Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar in the year of Time's Up and #MeToo campaigns

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Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant Wins. 'Time's Up But Not For Kobe,' Says Twitter

Kobe Bryant at the Oscars 2018. (Image courtesy AFP)

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketball won Best Animated Short
  2. Kobe was arrested over the suspected rape of a 19-year-old in 2003
  3. This year campaigns against sexual harassment dominated the award season
Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketballwon Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night in California (Monday morning in India), which has displeased Twitter. Kobe Bryant was accused of rape and 'ironically' (said Twitter) he won an Oscar in the year of Time's Up and #MeToo campaigns in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein controversy. "Hollywood loves (alleged) rapists and pedophiles," read one comment. "Time's up but not for Kobe," added another Twitter user. The retired basketball superstar was arrested over the suspected rape of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado in 2003, an AFP report said.
 
 
 

Similarly, the presence of radio personality Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet was slammed by the Internet. Ryan Seacrest's former stylists had alleged that the host sexually harassed and abused her.

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars on Sunday night, started his opening monologue with a reference to Harvey Weinstein, in which he said: "We can't let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example. And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go."

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#MeToo and Time's Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality have dominated the 2018 Hollywood awards circuit. At the Golden Globes celebrities wore black as a sign of solidarity with the survivor of the Weinsteingate.

(With inputs from AFP)

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