Actress Evan Rachel Wood sparked an enormous backlash for calling Kobe Bryant a “rapist” just hours after his death — getting accused of taking the #MeToo motion too far.
“He was a sports activities hero. He was additionally a rapist,” the 32-year-old “Westworld” actress tweeted Sunday moments after the information broke of the basketball legend’s death in a helicopter accident alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 different individuals.
“And all of those truths can exist concurrently.”
Wood’s tweet sparked instantaneous outrage, with many stating that the 41-year-old hoops legend was by no means prosecuted in reference to sexual assault accusations made towards him nearly 17 years earlier by a 19-year-old Colorado lodge worker.
“And that is the place the Me too motion has gotten uncontrolled… attacking a person who actually just died lower than 24 hours in the past, with his little woman!” Catherine (Kathleen) Curtin replied in disgust.
One other individual, Wes Hatton, additionally accused the actress of turning “#MeToo right into a joke.”
“These items have to be taken severely and your[sic] just searching for consideration after him and his daughter JUST died. Wow,” he tweeted, calling Wood a “narcissistic disappointment.”
Fellow actress Kyla Pratt advised Wood that she has “admired” her work, each “on digital camera and off.”
“However this tweet? How f–king dare you?” she tweeted in disgust.
Wood tried to calm the criticism Monday, asking for “kindness and respect to all.”
“Beloveds, this was not a condemnation or a celebration. It was a reminder that everybody could have completely different emotions and there’s room for us all to grieve collectively as a substitute of combating,” she wrote, saying that “everybody has misplaced.”
It solely managed to spark additional outrage, nevertheless, similar to a tweet by Torraine Walker telling her, “You don’t get to cowl that bulls–t you probably did with third charge greeting card platitudes.”
Amid the assaults, Wood additionally bought messages of help.
“She voiced my ideas after I heard the information,” Amy Starkey wrote.
“As a survivor who needed to watch different individuals specific sorrow when my rapist died, whereas all I might really feel was reduction after which guilt for that, Evan spoke for me. And I recognize it.”
Twitter consumer @soillodge additionally linked to video of the actress giving testimony on Capitol Hill in 2018, when she detailed being raped, tortured and mentally abused by a former boyfriend.
“How many individuals mad at Evan proper now know that she helped change a regulation to assist rape victims?” the message learn.