Kobe Bryant Won an Oscar and Twitter Is Not Happy

Kobe Bryant Won an Oscar and Twitter Is Not Happy
Kobe Bryant was among the recipients of an Oscar last night (March 4), and a lot of folks on Twitter aren't too pleased about it.
The former NBA star won the Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, but many people have pointed out the incongruence of honouring Bryant at an event that claimed to support survivors of sexual assault and the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.
Bryant was notoriously accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old woman in 2003, but the case was eventually dismissed from court when the accuser refused to testify at trial.
Despite initially denying the allegations, Bryant did issue a public apology in 2004. It read: "Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter."
The same accuser later filed a separate civil lawsuit against Bryant, and the two parties then settled the suit privately.
A petition was recently started, urging the Academy to revoke Bryant's nomination — though the more than 16,000 signatures were clearly not enough to reverse the decision or deter voters.
The allegations have not been forgotten by many Oscar viewers, though, as demonstrated on Twitter last night.

See some of the reaction to Bryant's Oscar win below.

In the lead-up to the 90th Academy Awards, Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following last year's bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sexual misconduct allegations also surfaced against James Franco after the Golden Globes, and he was subsequently absent from this year's nominations, despite early Oscar buzz for the Disaster Artist.
Woody Allen was also left off the list of this year's nominees in the wake of a year that heard Dylan Farrow bringing her decades-old allegations of sexual abuse against the director back into the public eye.