Obviously the Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow story’s re-emergence in the headlines (don’t forget, Allen’s abuse has been well-known since the ’70s) has put the world on alert for other sexual deviants. That being said, it’s no surprise that Gawker wrote up a piece about legendary comedian Bill Cosby‘s MULTIPLE sex offense accusations that also spanned decades and are pretty consistent and most likely completely true.
Apparently the latest press coverage of Cosby’s offenses was as recent as 2006, and yet… I don’t remember hearing about it whatsoever. Do you? It seems to follow a trend we have as a culture: ignore anything unsavory for the sake of protecting great “art”. We want to discount Dylan Farrow’s story because Woody Allen is a total legend and a genius filmmaker. We want to believe that Bill Cosby – the loveable TV dad and erudite comedian – would never violate a single woman, let alone several. R. Kelly having sex with and preying upon underage girls is laughed off for the sake of preserving his reputation as a legendary R&B artist. Where does it end?
One of Cosby’s accusers was brave enough to use her own name in a public lawsuit against Cosby and even appeared on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer at the time to speak about her experience. Here’s how she described her run-in:
When Plaintiff advised Defendant she did not feel well, Defendant led Plaintiff to a sofa, because she could not walk on her own, where he laid her down, under the guise of “helping” her.
Subsequently, Defendant positioned himself behind Plaintiff on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.
Plaintiff remained in a semi-conscious state throughout the time of this ordeal.
At no time was Plaintiff capable of consent after the pills affected her, and at no time did she consent to Defendant’s acts.
It goes on and on – I recommend reading the whole thing for a more complete account. This is just disgusting and I wish we’d all pay a bit more attention to it. Listen: shitty people can make great art. It happens all the time; the two aren’t mutually exclusive. But to brush SERIOUS abuse like this under the carpet is absolutely appalling.
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Russell Simmons has finally had it with Bill Cosby and I’m just so happy that someone finally has the nerve to publicly speak out about one of American’s favorite comedians. I have never thought that Bill Cosby is funny and he bought the “Little Rascals” series so that no one could ever view it. Snopes says that is just urban legend, but I secretly feel that he’s somehow involved. I could cut him.
Simmons wrote an open letter to Cosby in response to Bill’s new comedy CD — do people still buy those? — “Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency.” Russell feels that the Cos’ is too quick to blame today’s youth for so many of society’s ills. Here’s the letter, though I wish he would’ve thrown in something about Cosby’s love of drugging and molesting women and how that should stop too. Heh.
There are a lot of great entertainers
who do great things. Bill Cosby is one of them. He has always used his voice to right what he thought was wrong. However, I believe that too often Mr. Cosby has wrongly placed the blame.
Bill Cosby is an example of someone from the older generation who has consistently blamed the poets and asked suffering community members to bear the full burden of guilt for the struggles that they endure. It is certainly not that he and the rest of the elders don’t care, because they do. In fact, their intentions are pure and good. All the things they say are actually true. What they don’t understand is that the young people who they criticize did not create their own realities. They did not create the crumbling education system that we school them in. They did not create the drug epidemic and drug wars that have resulted in a dysfunctional family structure. They did not create the health care crisis that does not treat them. They did not create the culture of violence that they fall victim to.
While it is true that each one of us can make a change at any moment, it is equally true that at every minute we are all doing the best we can. If you knew better, you would do better. Therefore, those who care and have resources could/should work to create the kind of support systems that could inspire change.
Bill Cosby hosts the 30th Anniversary Celebration Of Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.
I love Mr. Cosby with all my heart, but you’d think that, after twenty-plus years, he’d have found some sweaters that don’t look ridiculous. Sadly, this does not appear to be the case.