The world is mourning the loss of late NBA legend GOAT Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a tragic helicopter accident alongside his daughter “Gigi” and seven others this past Sunday. The mood is somber all around as fans and celebrities share heartfelt condolences to the Bryant family as well as touching memories of the late basketball icon.
Sadly, this didn’t stop Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood from sharing a tweet that many believe is just plain disrespectful and unnecessary following the recent tragedy.
Wood later issued a follow-up Tweet framed with a message of togetherness that reads more like sorry, not sorry:
“Beloveds, this was not a condemnation or a celebration. It was a reminder that everyone will have different feelings and there is room for us all to grieve together instead of fighting. Everyone has lost. Everyone will be triggered, so please show kindness and respect to all.”
Some twitter users defended the actress citing her right to free speech. This is America after all, right?
If this is the argument used to defend Wood, then a similar argument rooted in US law should be extended to the family and memory of Kobe Bryant.
The 2003 case against Bryant was ultimately dropped, but only after he was dragged through the court of public opinion. Yes, as an American citizen the US Constitution grants you the right to speak your mind. Never forget, thought, that the American justice system operates on the premise that the accused is innocent until proven guilty before a jury of his or her peers.
That said, was it necessary for Wood to add the “He was also a rapist” tidbit to her statement?
People on Twitter immediately responded to defend Bryant’s legacy and proceeded to drag the actress for her remarks. One Twitter user pointed out that given the actress’ affiliations with a Hollywood director who is often a topic of misconduct conversation, Wood’s remark and need to mention past allegations against Kobe—for which he was not found guilty—in the wake of a tragedy is a tad hypocritical.
Another Twitter user @kathleencurtinc responded to Wood’s post saying the following:
“And this is where the Me too movement has gotten out of control… attacking a man who literally just died less than 24 hours ago, with his little girl!
Was it proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he raped somebody? Did he go to jail? Was he charged?”
You don't get to cover that bullshit you did with third rate greeting card platitudes. It's like y'all have a compulsion to shoehorn yourselves into other people's pain and running back to victimhood when checked.
— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) January 27, 2020
Is having the right to free speech a valid excuse for Wood’s comments? This is debatable. But the fact remains that not only is a family grieving the loss of its patriarch and a beloved child, but they are doing so amid 24/7 media coverage and public opinion.
Wood has not removed her tweets and the heated thread continues to grow. Some things are just better left unsaid; if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all right? This is especially true when lives have been lost and wounds are still open will never heal fully.