Cuba Gooding Jr. calls Sarah Paulson skirt-lifting incident 'a teachable moment'
Cuba Gooding Jr. called Sarah Paulson to let her know he loves her after the images of him lifting her dress went viral.
Cuba Gooding Jr. found the Sarah Paulson dress-lifting incident "a very teachable moment" because it reminded him how images can be taken out of context and misconstrued.
The Jerry Maguire actor sparked outrage in March (17) when he lifted up his American Horror Story: Roanoke co-star's dress at the PaleyFest panel discussion in Los Angeles. Video and images emerged afterwards showed Cuba exposing Sarah's thighs and underwear to the audience as she stood up to welcome their co-star Kathy Bates and Sarah shrieked and spun around.
He has now told People it was taken out of context and simply part of their sibling-like banter, but he called her after the images went viral to assure her that he has nothing but love for her.
"I love the lady that is Sarah Paulson," he said. "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 fervour, 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."
The 49-year-old has two college-aged sons Spencer and Mason, as well as a daughter named Piper, and used the PaleyFest incident to teach his boys about how images can be misconstrued.
"I say to them, 'Guys, the Internet, it's a beast. It's an information highway without regulation. Any image you put on there can be interpreted any way it wants to.'
"I said to my sons again, I said, 'The only thing you can do is represent your moral compass and who you are. Because images are going to be out there without your control, so continue standing in your integrity.'"
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