Internet calls out 'irony' of Kobe Bryant's Oscar win amid #MeToo movement

Posted March 05, 2018

But guess what? The basketball star wrote and narrated Dear Basketball, which took home the Oscar for best animated short film.

Kobe Bryant is a victor in retirement, too.

According to the Daily News, "The Lakers superstar was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel employee who claimed Bryant assaulted her while he was staying at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Colorado".

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Select Twitter users took issue with the Academy awarding Bryant one of its golden statuettes on the same stage that hosted the likes of Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek introducing a video clip that touched on gender equality, racial diversity and the #MeToo movement in the film industry.

Here's how social media reacted to the moment. Meanwhile, others noted Bryant's short acceptance speech.

Bryant told reporters, "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I mean, as basketball players we're really just supposed to shut up and dribble, but I'm glad but I'm thankful we were able to do a bit more than that", Bryant said as he accepted the trophy. "This is insane, man, it's insane".

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However, far more controversial is the idea that Bryant received the award at all given Hollywood's militant anti-sexual misconduct atmosphere.

When he told people he wanted to write and tell stories after retiring from basketball, Bryant said he the reaction was, "That's cute, you'll be depressed when your career's over". They welcomed their third child in 2016.

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