Social justice warriors were always going to be hard on Sylvester Stallone’s presenting appearance at the Golden Globe Awards since he recently tweeted support for Donald Trump and was a guest at his New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago.
So it proved. Stallone reunited with Rocky co-star Carl Weathers to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic boxing movie when they presented the last Golden Globe of the night, the Best Motion Picture-Drama award to African-American drama Moonlight.
Sly Stallone let Weathers announce the winner. Happens all the time at movie awards ceremonies. One guy speaks, then hands over to his co-presenter to announce who won.
Except this time around, Stallone is weirdly being accused of racism since he let his black friend and co-star Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the Rocky films, read out that Moonlight — made by a black filmmaker with a predominantly black cast — had won the Golden Globe.
Marlow Stern, movie writer at the Daily Beast, led the sense of outrage, tweeting: “Something odd about Stallone, Trump supporter who partied w/ him on NYE, giving this to Moonlight.”
Stern was by no means the only one to flag the issue up. “Did anyone notice it looked like Sylvester Stallone was disgusted at the thought of naming Moonlight as the BEST Film”, one tweeter asked while writer-director Cruz Angeles noted: “Stallone passing envelope to Weathers was telegraphing
#Moonlight win but also revealing an insidious act. Am I the only one who noticed?”
No he wasn’t. Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Elissa Schappell tweeted: “Did it seem like Sly Stallone let, or wanted Carl Weathers to announce best drama winner because Moonlight won? Is that just me? #BlackLight” while comedian Josh Homer wondered if Stallone was “racist for doing that?”
A tweet from ‘Powerline’ that “Y’all notice that Stallone (A Trump Supporter) didn’t want to say that Moonlight won… just an observation” seemed to be representative of a liberal feeling that Stallone was racially uncomfortable with Moonlight winning a Best Drama Golden Globe.
More likely was that Stallone, who has graced many more award ceremonies than Weathers, wanted to give his former co-star the privilege of announcing which film had won at the Golden Globes.
But why let the truth get in the way of a juicy conspiracy theory?