In times when people are starting to shift attitude when it comes to sexual harassment in society, more and more victims are speaking up.
For the first time in history, people are no longer being tolerant of abusers. Now, we demand justice, punishment, and awareness. It’s the era when we acknowledge that this is still happening everywhere in society. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, even Hollywood has become supportive of women who are breaking their silence.
Recent controversies, like the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary, are making us be more vigilant about the people we see in the entertainment industry. We learn that the people we look up to and adore could very much be capable of sexually harassing people.
However, awareness comes with ignorance. When we aren’t responsible to fact check the information presented to us, innocent people are crucified unjustly.
This morning, a manipulated video of Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, has been going around social media. In the edited video, it appears that Jason was rubbing and squeezing his eight-year-old daughter’s chest before she pushed his hand away.
However, it was discovered that the video was taken out of context.
The original video was during the Hawaii premiere of Aquaman last month. The clearer video is actually of him becoming emotional for coming back to his hometown.
In the video, Jason was evidently emotional, comforting both his son and daughter while watching a Hawaiian performance. When the daughter pulled Jason’s hand, it looked like it was because she was about to ask him a question.
It’s disappointing to see a sentimental moment manipulated to look sexual.
Through the years, Jason Momoa has spoken about how his kids mean the world to him. In interviews, pictures, and even from his co-stars, they would always say that Jason is a ‘hero’ to his kids.
While we are taking sexual harassment more seriously now, we should also be aware of the people who are using it as propaganda. With the huge success of Aquaman, hitting almost a billion dollars at the global box office, it’s no surprise that there will be others who would want to smear his reputation.
*Update: Jason Momoa’s legal team has reached out to find the origin of the video to take it down. It is expected that the owner of the manipulated video would be facing legal action.
Let this be a lesson: be more responsible in using the information fed to us and do proper research before riding the hate train.