Gayle King came under attack from the likes of Snoop, 50 Cent, and Ari Lennox — who took a break from social media — following a clip from Gayle’s CBS This Morning interview with WNBA legend and champion Lisa Leslie. In the viral moment, King asked Leslie, who was a good friend of Bryant about his 2003 rape case (which he settled) fans immediately lost jumped on Gayle.
Most notably, Snoop’s defense of Bryant is what has garnered the most attention due to what many assumed were threats and his insults of the decorated journalist. He would later “clarify” in another video that he was not threatening King at all, but Snoop did double-down on the fact he believed she was disrespectful by asking Leslie about Kobe’s rape case. He even decided to throw in a “free Bill Cosby” for good measure, which spawned social media responses from the disgraced jailed actor.
You’re definitely doing something wrong if a convicted rapist is siding with you.
Oprah led the charge coming to the defense of her best friend, revealing that King walks around with security due to the death threats she has received. Now Hollywood actors and journalists are coming to the defense of King, who they feel is being unfairly criticized on social media and now are countering the hate with the #IStandWithGayle hashtag.
Names like Erika Alexander (actress), Karine Jean-Pierre (MSNBC/NBC Political Analyst), Kathy Griffin (comedian/actress), Lisa Armstrong, Tiffany Cross, Cory Booker and more have all come to the defense of King.
We see no issue with being upset about the questions Gayle asked about the rape case, but we definitely are not here for misogynist attacks on her. You can be critical without being offensive, and not defending rapists in the process, it’s not hard.
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