People Are Outraged That Cuba Gooding Jr. Lifted Up Sarah Paulson’s Dress

Cuba Gooding Jr. is known for his crazy onstage antics, but he may have taken it too far. At the American Horror Story: Roanoke PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles Sunday, the actor felt the need to lift up his co-star Sarah Paulson’s dress, sort of pantsing her onstage, and Twitter wasn’t happy about it.

Paulson put on a purple sparkly Prada dress for the event, having no idea loose skirts weren’t safe around Gooding Jr. As Kathy Bates was welcomed onstage, Paulson stood up to applaud her, and Gooding Jr. took this opportunity to lift up the back of Paulson’s high-neck, shin-length dress, revealing a lot of leg, but that’s it, luckily. She was so excited by Bates that she didn’t notice at first, but when she did, she snatched the fabric out of the actor’s hands. Paulson didn’t seem angry at the actor, grinning at her co-star’s silliness before taking a safe seat.

The two pros — who’ve also worked on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson together — continued goofing off throughout the panel, no love lost. We can’t say the same for Twitter, though. People were outraged at the act, and expressed their disgust on social media.

Words like “sexist,” “disrespectful,” and “pervert” are being tossed around on Twitter to describe Gooding Jr. and his actions. Many fans are calling for apologies.

Then there was the one person who defended him:

Let’s hope this was some silly inside joke — like before going onstage, Paulson told Gooding Jr. that she’s always dreamt of being pantsed onstage and he was simply trying to make a pal’s dreams come true…

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