Last month, Cuba Gooding Jr. got shit when he lifted up Sarah Paulson’s skirt on stage during a PaleyFest event for American Horror Story: Roanoke. Some people shrugged it off as Cuba being Cuba, others stared at him the same way you would a creepy uncle who can’t keep his hands to himself. Cuba spoke to People magazine at the FX All-Star Upfront in NYC yesterday about it. Cuba isn’t sorry, but he does see it all as a “very teachable moment.”
The students on the receiving end of Cuba’s teachable moment are his two college-age sons. Cuba tells People that after the skirt-lifting incident, he told his sons that the internet is a “beast” and an “information highway without regulation.” Cuba added that any image you put on the internet can be “interpreted” in any way. Like how people interpreted Cuba lifting up his female co-star’s skirt without her consent as icky. Cuba says that people don’t know his relationship with Sarah and they shouldn’t judge what they saw.
“I love the lady that is Sarah Paulson. We have a banter like brother and sister, which is how the spirit of that whole panel was. Yet that image was taken out to represent some kind of sexual misconduct, and that wasn’t my intent. The first person, when I heard about the fervor, I called Sarah, I said, ‘I love you, I see you as my sister,’ and she said, ‘I feel the same way about you.’ And so I let it go.”
Cuba also told his sons that there will be images out there without their control, and that “the only thing you can do is represent your moral compass and who you are.”
So Cuba didn’t mean to be gross when he lifted up Sarah’s skirt; he was just representing his moral compass and who he is. I guess that means Cuba’s moral compass is pointed to “embarrassing brother.” Women should keep that in mind when they’re around Cuba. Wear pants, hide your diaries, and don’t let him answer the phone when your crush calls.
Here’s Cuba at the FX All-Star Upfront yesterday. Someone should tell Cuba that he’s done playing OJ Simpson and that he doesn’t have to wear the black gloves anymore.