Cuba Gooding Jr. lifted Sarah Paulson's skirt and the Internet is not having it
Let this be a lesson to all; this is NOT okay
Cuba Gooding Jr. is under fire for lifting the skirt of his American Horror Story co-star, Sarah Paulson while on stage during a PaleyFest panel discussion. When Sarah got up to welcome fellow co-star Kathy Bates on stage, Cuba sneaked up behind Sarah and thought it would be a 'good' idea to lift her skirt while she wasn't looking. Mind you, this was in front of an audience and when Sarah realised, she shrieked, pulled her skirt down and laughed it off as seen in the video below.
Sarah Paulson introducing Kathy Bates..... name a better friendship pic.twitter.com/B8Q15b09tX— p.c 🍒 (@90sIover) March 27, 2017
While TV Guide reports that the panel continued on as usual with everyone in good spirits, the Twitterverse did not hold back and went off on Cuba's rude behaviour.
No no no this is not ok pic.twitter.com/zXBbgSUYhN— aslı (@raulsonlover) March 27, 2017
A woman should be comfortable in her own dress no matter how it looks to men or others without some fucking asshole assaulting her. pic.twitter.com/yjTwwSYUXs— Cognitive Fungus Pro (@CognitiveFungus) March 28, 2017
@cubagoodingjr hi, dude. did you apologize to Sarah? you should if you didn't bc what you did was Gross and Disrespectful— kommissar (@choirgirI) March 27, 2017
What happened to Sarah Paulson yesterday at #PaleyFest was so disrespectful and definitely NOT OK or funny 😡😡— Rebecca O'Keeffe (@RebeccaOkeeffe5) March 27, 2017
Cuba Gooding Jr. is a creep.— Karolina Molina (@KarolinaVega) March 27, 2017
#cubagoodingjr is a piece of shit. End.— Nicole Newell (@NicoleNewell12) March 28, 2017
Rape culture is a man pulling up a woman's skirt and folks rationalizing, reasoning, and laughing with said man. #overit— Brittany T. Paschall (@btpaschall) March 27, 2017
Yeah I'm sure a lesbian woman loves having her skirt lifted by @cubagoodingjr... (hint: no woman likes this and you're a creep)— Harvey Skaggs (@skaggs_harvey) March 27, 2017
Maybe it was an inside joke between Sarah and Cuba, but what example does this set for everyone? In the effort to banish rape culture and the mindset that women should have to put up with what men think is a joke, Cuba's actions are of no help whatsoever. Some fans were quick to come to his defence, saying that perhaps the two are close friends but let's get real, friends wouldn't lift their friends' skirts for fun.
At the time of writing, neither Cuba nor Sarah has commented on the issue.