- Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketball won Best Animated Short
- Kobe was arrested over the suspected rape of a 19-year-old in 2003
- This year campaigns against sexual harassment dominated the award season
Accused rapist Kobe Bryant just won an Oscar. Hollywood loves (alleged) rapists and pedophiles. #Oscars— Makada (@_Makada_) March 5, 2018
they have the time's up montage in the same oscars that gave kobe an award loool— spencer pratt institute (@hancxck) March 5, 2018
Time's up but not for Kobe!— roxane gay (@rgay) March 5, 2018
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."
#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)