The #MeToo movement is nothing short of powerful. The campaign has opened the doors for change across the globe, but, is it now hindering one’s ability to move forward?
Kobe Bryant was nominated for an Academy Award last week for Best Animated Short for his collaboration with Glen Keane and composer John Williams on the film Dear Basketball. But now, folks are fighting to take his nomination away.
As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to shift and shape boundaries especially in the workplace, folks are using the movement to argue against Bryant’s Academy Awards acknowledgment.
Back in 2003, the former NBA player was accused of sexual assault on a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. Fist, he denied having sex with the alleged victim, but after being told there would be evidence, he admitted to having sexual intercourse, but said it was consensual.
Before they could go to trial, the accuser filed a civil lawsuit and they settled for an undisclosed amount.
Unfortunately, 15 years later, despite being forgiven by his wife, releasing a heart felt apology and going on to have a wildly successful career, people still can’t drop it.
Over 16,000 people have signed the petition to have Bryant’s nod taken away. In the description, titled, “Take Oscar Nomination Away From Kobe Bryant, a Known Rapist,” the creator of the account wrote:
The Oscars almost avoided nominating sexual predators for awards. Woody Allen and James Franco didn’t get anything. But Kobe Bryant, who was charged with a horrific sexual assault, was nominated.
Sign the petition to ask The Academy to rescind this nomination because Kobe Bryant is a known rapist.
In 2003, Kobe Bryant raped a 19-year-old hotel employee. He tried to avoid being charged by paying off his victim and settled a civil assault case out of court.
An important conversation has been started about sexual assualt and harassment, so why is Bryant being honored for best animated short if Time really is Up?
The petition is reaching for 17,000 signatures which doesn’t seem too far off.