When that long Golden Globes montage to 101-year-old Kirk Douglas ended on Sunday, I was mainly enraptured by his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones’ blowout (and apparently so was Kirk), thinking it was about to snatch away Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille Award since it was contributing plenty to television in just its three minutes of air time. Alas, others thought the whole pomp and circumstance was brutally tone deaf the same night where “Time’s Up!” was the message since Kirk is said to have been a Grade-A Hollywood predator when he allegedly raped Natalie Wood back in the day.
Mediaite says there has been a revival of an old Gawker article where Robert Downey Jr. was said to have commented on a blind item back in 2012 accusing Kirk of raping Natalie in a hotel room when she was an up-and-coming actress. The commenter, going by the name “Himmmm,” shared blind items about abusive men in Hollywood on Crazy Days and Nights. Most people thought Himmm was Robert based on clues he left. Himmmm accused Kirk of repeatedly and gruesomely raping Natalie and then mocking her about it. Twitter clearly did not forget about the Gawker story and thought the Globes lauding was rather hypocritical:
— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) January 8, 2018
Isn't there some questionable alleged assault history with Kirk Douglas and Natalie Wood that makes this tribute somewhat… complicated… on this night? #GoldenGlobes
— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) January 8, 2018
A particularly bad year for a Kirk Douglas tribute #goldenglobes
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) January 8, 2018
I saw some people on social media also thought the whole Kirk thing was exploitative since he couldn’t really talk and how the microphone seemed more positioned to hear a speech given by CZJ’s chichis, well above Kirk’s mouth.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
I kept waiting for CZJ to do the room an honor by pulling out her Velma Kelly costume and doing a little jazz number before bellowing “Time’s up!” and pushing Kirk’s wheelchair right off the stage.