NBA star Kobe Bryant threw shade at Fox News host Laura Ingraham after winning an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.”
But, his moment of glory was sullied by non-Hollywood elites who remember Bryant’s scandalous past. And they were quick to remind others.
“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to ‘shut up and dribble,’” Bryant said during his acceptance speech. “I’m glad we do a bit more than that.”
Bryant shared the stage with director Glen Keane. “Dear Basketball” is a 4-minute cartoon during which Bryant narrates his feelings about retiring from basketball.
In other words, Kobe won an Oscar for something that could have been a Snapchat video where he talks about himself. But at least his Academy Award win will temporarily quell any #OscarsSoWhite” outrage by race-baiting grievance mongers.
Twitter reacted to Kobe Bryant’s Oscar win by saying it’s great that the Academy Awards are continuing their long tradition of celebrating rapists, child molesters, and sexual harassers.
In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman and was charged with sexual assault. The case was mysteriously dismissed after the accuser refused to testify, fueling rumors that she had been paid off.
Bryant later apologized and admitted that he did cause bruises on the accuser’s neck, but claimed it was due to consensual sexual contact. Twitter was quick to throw his old rape allegations in Kobe’s face.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant's apology to the woman who accused him of rape. pic.twitter.com/ezsctMGm4N
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) March 5, 2018
Many on Twitter felt that awarding Bryant an Oscar was yet another example of Hollywood hypocrisy, proving their #MeToo movement was just lip service in light of the bombshell Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal.
A shocking number of actresses and actors have since come forward with their own sad tales of being raped, harassed, or sexually abused by film executives.
In the same year as #MeToo& #TimesUp:
-Sam Rockwell won an Oscar for Three Billboards & didn't mention violence against women
-Gary Oldman & Kobe Bryant won Oscars
-Reporters in press room were asked to keep questions about Oscars only
-Ryan Seacrest hosted the red carpet
— Krystie Lee Yandoli (@KrystieLYandoli) March 5, 2018
"Hollywood should lead the way on ending sexual harassment in the workplace"
"And the Oscar goes to…..Kobe Bryant"
— Jen DinNJ (@JenDinnj) March 5, 2018
Just to recap: accused harasser Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, accused rapist Kobe Bryant wins for animated short, accused domestic abuser Gary Oldman wins best actor… But, sorry, what was that you were saying about this "new day in Hollywood"?
— Tessa Stuart (@tessastuart) March 5, 2018
— Nick DiSaronno (@NickDiSaronno18) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant and Harvey Weinstein now have a couple of things in common. #HollywoodHypocrites stepping on their own rake again at the #Oscars90
So much for#Metoo#TimesUp #HereWeAre #HoorayForHollywood pic.twitter.com/2N8UAwqR7A
— Kewilpee™ ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@kewilpee) March 5, 2018
With his Oscar win Kobe Bryant joins the historic ranks of Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, stop me if you see where I am going with this
— Jack Hamilton (@jack_hamilton) March 5, 2018
And I doubt it will even become a major issue.
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) March 5, 2018
Hollywood – "Women are important!"
Also Hollywood – "Here's Kobe Bryant, who sexually assaulted a woman!"
— Cassandra, Pudgy Nobody (@ChrisWarcraft) March 5, 2018
Hollywood: Times Up
[cut to Kobe Bryant on stage]
— The wrong kind of girl. (@thewayoftheid) March 5, 2018
The “shut up and dribble” remark was a reference to a comment Laura Ingraham made in response to NBA star LeBron James, who claimed President Trump “is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people.”
Ingraham clapped back at James’ “barely intelligible…un-grammatical take” on politics by saying: “No one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself. Or as someone once said: ‘Shut up and dribble.’”
Predictably, liberals called Ingraham a racist, even though she has made similar, harsher comments to white entertainers and other celebrities who make uninformed analyses about politics.
This was not the first time LeBron James had trashed President Trump, and that’s part of the reason why Ingraham reacted to his comment.
In September 2017, James criticized Trump supporters, saying they’re uneducated. LeBron’s statement was hilariously skewered in a meme that mocked his incoherent rant (see above).
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