Bill Cosby was an American icon and staple in the American comedy scene. He was also extremely important to the black community and black American history for myriad reasons.
He was one of the first, if not the first person of color to appear in a prominent role on TV side-by-side with a white co-star in the late 1960’s “I Spy” series. It seems like nothing now, but then it was a monumental breakthrough. Cosby did not stop there and his star continued to rise becoming a beloved American comic. His comedy tours and records sold out frequently and he became a fixture on American TV.
Bill Cosby created the iconic “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” cartoon in which he performed many of the voices himself. During a time when there was very little black representation on TV, Bill Cosby helped create that lane. It wasn’t just an extended lane for blacks to be more pimps and thugs either, it was a positive and empowering lane.
The pinnacle of Bill Cosby’s incredible legacy came in the 1980’s with the beloved “The Cosby Show”. “The Cosby Show” was one of the most successful sitcoms in US history, and Cosby became “America’s Dad” with the beloved character, Dr. Cliff Huxtable. The show ran a record 8 seasons and led to a very clever and successful spin-off show, “A Different World”, for which the timing was perfect. Lisa Bonet’s character, Denise Huxtable, appealed to an age group when her character went off to college and it was parlayed into a new fan base and another hit show. With his very popular Jell-O Pudding endorsement and iconic shows under his belt, Cosby was on top of the world as a comedic legend.
The Fall of Cosby
What goes up however, often comes down hard and fast, especially in these times in which the media craves it. Unbeknownst to most, Cosby had rape accusations lurking around the corner, but they never posed a real threat—-until now. In recent history Cosby suddenly became engulfed by the snowballing number of accusers and allegations, and legend or not—now there’s a man down.
In Hollywood the reaction is interesting depending who you ask. Some celebrities are crying foul and coming to his defense. Others are showing disdain and are already launching attacks and tweets. Many other people are not so sure. Most stay in the middle and don’t move in either direction for the sake of objectivity.
The question that should be asked is not if Bill Cosby slept with any of these women. Let’s be real. Hollywood honchos using their positions of influence to get over on women isn’t anything new in Hollywood. Also, there is a very real casting couch situation. It’s awful, but it isn’t exactly rape either. The Hollywood structure is wrong, but perhaps another topic entirely. These women are in charged of their own destinies and surroundings. They were around at parties and in certain Hollywood circles and they knew exactly what dangers were amidst. The serious and only question to be asked is if Bill Cosby in fact drugged and raped these women. That would be a reprehensible crime way beyond the line that no one deserves.
Rape is a very serious accusation that should never be blown off or discredited. Again, it’s a crime no one deserves and it should be taken very seriously. However, we live in a sick day and age full of lairs and opportunists seeking fame or monetary gain. They tell us victims don’t usually lie about rape—but that isn’t exactly true according to factual statistics. They don’t tell you this in the media, but there are several cases of people who lie about rape all the time for varying reasons. Not saying Cosby is innocent and not saying he’s guilty. Just saying, in this age we must be objective.
Is the Attention on Cosby Being Guided?
Whoopi Goldberg once stated that she has questions, and I do too. She didn’t refute the claims as no one should, she said she has questions and there are many. There are suspicious questions surrounding some of the accusers, and questions as to why this is suddenly being given so much coverage. Why now?
Anytime there is such a concerted effort to converge upon a particular celebrity, there usually is something going on that the public doesn’t know about. These allegations are on average over 30 years old. Why the sudden push? Does it have anything to do with Hollywood politics? Does this devoted media attention have anything to do with the fact that Bill Cosby has repeatedly and recently been volleying to purchase NBC and he had gotten closer than he had ever been? Is it racially motivated as many people assert, or encouraged and orchestrated by the unseen gatekeepers in “Hollyweird”? The suspicion grows.
There are a lot of very strange things going on with these accusations that are eye-opening. Firstly, for now, they are just allegations. Nothing has been proven in a court of law. The corporate owned media out of control however, have not been behaving that way. Along with the corporate media, there are other corporations, networks and companies that have taken very peculiar and extreme actions in a concerted effort. For instance, all of his talk show appearances have been immediately cancelled. All of them. With one of his most recent live US comedy shows, no one individually fought to get a refund at first, it was the theater that jumped ahead of everyone and put it out there in the media that if you wanted to get a refund they were offering a way to do it swiftly with no hassle. Then, only about a third of the sales actually chose that option. Netflix immediately removed everything that has to do with Cosby including cancelling something that was coming out near his 77th birthday. NBC has immediately scrapped all of their dealings with him. The United States Navy publicly yanked his honor of Chief Petty Officer away from him. It was an honor already given to him years ago. They were not in danger of tarnishing their Military branch image (already laden with sex abuse allegations) and they didn’t have to do anything. Regardless, they voluntarily stepped up to publicly snatch the honor away from Cosby and add to the spectacle of public shaming. He hasn’t even been legally charged with anything. So why all of these final actions by decided corporate entities? And isn’t this illegal? Who is behind this?
Here’s another interesting thing; Cosby isn’t the first, the only or the last Hollywood honcho with sex allegations. The strange thing here is that someone on top has seemingly pulled the lever on Cosby. There are several politicians, celebrities and athletes including Bill Clinton with rape accusations floating around, but they are also just allegations. In Hollywood, from Woody Allen, to Roman Polanski on down, there are several celebrities who are even more blatantly guilty of indiscretions who have received less consequences than Cosby. Polanski even just got nominated for a Cesar Award. There’s something wrong and very concentrated here with Cosby and it wreaks of suspicion. Whether it’s true or not, this is being guided.
Perhaps the biggest irony about this American tragedy is that Cosby’s downfall came from a black comedian who indirectly benefited from Cosby’s legendary foundation and groundwork. The spotlight didn’t come from Chris Rock. It didn’t come from Kevin Hart. It didn’t come from Steve Harvey. It came from a stooge who’s not very funny in my opinion, who could use a career boost. For unknown reasons and rivaled only by perhaps Charles Barkely, “coon of the year” nominee Hannibal Buress relentlessly went on and on about Cosby’s rape allegations with a strange devotion. No one has stopped to think about this, but it was weird. Why was Cosby all of sudden his focus and his shtick? It wasn’t a situation already viral like the Michael Jackson accusations, Hannibal Burress was blowing the flames on the issue himself for an entire month. One of his rants was again, not funny all, it was disturbingly serious. It was not typical fodder for a comedian. Nor was it even appropriate. He was saying over and over that “Bill Cosby is a rapist. He’s a f-ing rapist.” Is that a joke? Regardless, he was strangely committed to it and his act on YouTube went viral.
Then Burress indirectly passed the baton to the next entity. Exactly at the time his act went viral and everyone was talking, Barbara Bowman piggy-backed the viral video with an op-ed about Cosby that also went viral and had everyone talking. Then when everyone was still talking, more Cosby accusers started to come forth one by one.
Is Cosby Guilty or Innocent?
Now let’s look at some of the accusations. Like Whoopi Goldberg has stated, I’m not refuting anything— but there are serious things to consider and questions that need to be answered before forming opinions.
Janice Dickinson, the most famous of the accusers is the one that has by far the least credibility. She’s a fame whore. She’s told fantastic fake stories in the past just to make headlines, including the claim that Sylvester Stallone was the father of her baby which of course was not true.
Dickinson was given airtime and helped by several entities like Sharon Osborne on “The Talk”. Sharon Osborne made a completely illogical point that made no sense and had nothing to do with anything. Osborne said that she knows Dickinson and she’d never go for a guy like Cosby because he’s not good-looking enough. Um…so? What does that have to do with anything? All the more weird for him to have the persuasive power to lure her to his hotel room, I’d imagine. Talk show host Wendy Williams is another extremely dangerous entity who routinely leads public opinion in the wrong direction. In one of her shows she prefaced a statement by saying “Beverly Johnson, who doesn’t lie..”. So she knows people who have never told a lie like George Washington and the apple tree? She also insisted that Beverly Johnson doesn’t need the attention or the money. In reality, Johnson has not been relevant since the 1980s and I haven’t heard anything about this woman in decades. How does Wendy Williams know anything about what Johnson would or wouldn’t do, or what she does or doesn’t need? Answer: she doesn’t. Johnson has also been of accused of lying by several people in her past, included 2 of her exes. That’s very important, but Williams instead chose to tell her audience that Johnson doesn’t lie when there are people out there that beg to differ. People like herself with a huge audience should not be discussing controversial legal matters. In general, people who don’t have intelligent or factual things to add need to stop commenting on air.
Lets discuss things that actually matter. Dickinson’s story changed and morphed throughout the years. Victims don’t keep changing the details to what happened for book deals or what have you. Her Cosby story morphed into rape only recently. Dickinson said she was lured into Cosby’s hotel room in 1982. She was 27 years old at the time, partying, drinking, drugging and screwing half of Hollywood. She was no babe in the woods and pushing 30, she was not “lured” anywhere. Then she made excuses as to why her story kept changing, but with her history of fame addiction and dishonesty, and the inability to ever prove her allegations 30 years later, there is no case here. Also, respected talent agent who has known her for over 20 years, Don Gibble, has publicly stated that he does not believe she is telling the truth. With suspicious inconsistencies, she can’t get the benefit of the doubt. She needs to be ruled out completely.
The next accuser seen in the news the most would be Barbara Bowman. She seems the most credible. The only problems with Bowman for one is that both she and her manager were living for a while supported by Cosby during the time the alleged “rapes” were supposed to have taken place. She claims to have been raped and drugged multiple times which is extremely bizarre. That would mean after the alleged 1st time, she was allowing the rapes to continuously happen. People keep explaining how and why that could happen but I don’t join either bandwagon. It doesn’t mean her claims aren’t true, but it’s something to think about. She claimed to be raped and drugged several times and stayed living in his apartment. The other thing is that she and the other’s are accepting money to go on these shows and tell their stories. It’s been denied by one outlet publicly, but it’s a lie; many of the women are being compensated. The alleged accusers are also assembling to file a lawsuit together for a very large payout. Money motivation changes everything to me. If she was in it for nothing I’d be more inclined to believe it. However, just like the Michael Jackson cases, when money is involved things are a little muddy and suspect. The media is dishing out everything about Cosby while simultaneously hiding details about these virtually anonymous women, making it impossible for the court of public opinion to establish motive or to even know what any of these women (many whom have criminal histories) are capable of. For that reason, I’m much more cautious.
Another accuser that has trouble earning the benefit of the doubt is former model Beverly Johnson. None of her story on her own is enough to bring about charges or a lawsuit decades later. In her story aside from the claim he drugged her, Cosby didn’t actually do anything else to her by her own admission. He invited her over with other people including his wife who all eventually left. She claimed Cosby gave her a cappuccino drink and drugged her. When she realized she was drugged she began cursing at him and he then brought her out and put her in a cab. And she too like many of the others, mysteriously did nothing. This tough, no nonsense lady cursed out the legendary Bill Cosby, but then did absolutely nothing and said nothing to anyone ever.
Her story is also bit rehearsed and prepared. For instance, she added a reason why she knew she was drugged. She explained that she did drugs in her past so she knew the feeling, and that’s why she knew that Cosby had drugged her, and why she was groggy but able to recount everything step-by-step with such detail. A more honest and real depiction would have just been to simply say how she felt and describe her demeanor after consuming the drink. Instead she explained her drug history to add credibility. Regardless, the hospital would have been able to confirm drugs in her system. Aside from which, most people who felt strange would be concerned about what they ingested into their body. She felt weird and that she was drugged, but just went home to sleep? She was a mother and a grown woman. Strangely like all of the other accusers, she mysteriously did not go to the police or the hospital either. Like many of the others, she went straight to the tabloids and received payment and/or attention for her “story” years later. Her former manager Don Gibble, also believes she like Dickinson, is lying about the entire incident. True or not, there was no rape and there is no proof of being drugged by her own doing. Why she keeps being invited to tell her “story” on TV, I’ll never know.
Perhaps the most serious accuser is Judy Huth who claimed that she wasn’t raped or drugged, but “sexually assaulted” by Cosby when she was 15. Here are the many questions that are very problematic for Huth. If Huth was 15 partying in the Playboy mansion, several other people are in the hot seat for serious questioning, including Hue Heffner, and her own parents. At 15 hanging around in Hollywood circles, where was she living and who did she belong to?
Perhaps the most damaging thing to her credibility were her multiple attempts to get money before blowing the whistle. They don’t publicize this too much in the media, but she has been after the money pretty consistently. Had she gone straight to the police from day one, and kept her efforts concentrated in the realm of law enforcement, she would have much more credibility. However, I have trouble believing any alleged victim who side-steps seeking justice and tries repeatedly to win money first. She wouldn’t even have come forward at all if Cosby paid her hush money, and her asking number and attempts to collect kept growing. Also, Huth is not even claiming they had sex or that she was drugged. She claims Cosby took her hand and made her “handle him”. She’s saying that he encouraged her to do a sex act and is trying to sue for “severe and extreme emotional distress”. This is not a rape, even if her story is true. After several decades, there’s not much of a case here either even though the media is desperately trying to make it look like there is. This one may have to go to the trash as well.
The Questions Surrounding the Situation
Here are some of the main problems:
1) Rape entails trauma, and therefore many victims do not take the suggested actions afterward. However, this is not true for all cases. People are different and different victims react in varying ways. Some of the women claimed they were drugged and taken advantage of. Wouldn’t at least one of these victims want to confirm that and know what was in their body? Wouldn’t at least one of them want to know if they contracted an STD or were pregnant? Wouldn’t at least one of these victimized woman want to confirm penetration? Again, NONE of them went to the hospital or the police afterward. You can expect some of the women to have been young, confused, afraid and not sure what to do, but out of nearly 30 women, not one went to the authorities or the hospital? Not all of them were that young and some of them were mothers of young daughters so they knew exactly what to do. So again, not one of them did what you should do after being raped or drugged, and now there is absolutely no evidence or record? Very interesting.
2) Some of the women claimed they were forced to do sex acts. If they were not consenting parties, how did they get forced to give oral sex or hand jobs? Sure it can definitely happen to women who are maybe fearful for their safety so they comply. However, this is an added detail that requires additional explanation to law enforcement for a solid understanding of the circumstance. The charge is that much more serious. Did these women specifically say “no” and fight, and did Cosby physically restrain and force them? How do each of them explain performing the act and categorizing it as rape? These are not insensitive questions. This is very sound reasoning that requires explanation and investigation, because rape isn’t an action done voluntarily because you feel subconsciously pressured into it and feel bad about it afterward. Are these women saying they were over-powered and forced? When you examine each story individually that isn’t exactly what was reported.
3) Why are the women who claim no sexual assault took place being given press alongside those saying there was an assault? The media is basically saying “come one, come all” with a Cosby story. If every woman who felt “pressured” by a man was able to destroy him, a third of the male population on the planet would go down. Some are only reporting that Cosby came on to them “aggressively” at one point decades ago. Why are so many women with stories that vary in gravity so hugely, all being streamlined to join the lawsuit and go right to prime-time media outlets as if they were the same? Many of the accusers don’t have real cases when examined individually. So why are we incessantly told how many accusers there are as the number continues to grow, but we are not being told how weak and bereft of evidence most of the stories are?
4) If a person has been egregiously victimized and is aware that a person may be a dangerous predator on the loose, isn’t there a societal obligation to some degree, to make sure that individual doesn’t victimize anyone else? Many of these accusers mysteriously did nothing and have varying reasons for their collective inactivity and silence. Some of the “victims” claimed they chose to do nothing for decades because they felt Cosby was too big to bring down. Beverly Johnson said that she stayed quiet all these years because Camille Cosby, Cosby’s wife, “gave her a warm hug” one day and she didn’t come forward because she felt bad because of her. I’ll repeat that, she felt warm feelings for Camille Cosby so as a fellow woman she didn’t tell her that her husband drugged her. Janice Dickerson allegedly withheld her rape story all these years because she didn’t want to be sued and didn’t want to complicate things legally with her books. Are these reasons to let a serial rapist off the hook to perhaps rape other women? These victims were raped or almost raped and there was a sensible option to not report it? These alleged victims, many of them white women, wouldn’t be able to get a cop to believe that a famous black man raped them in the 1960s and 70s? These women who did nothing, but are stepping forward 30 or 40 years later to join a lawsuit against an 80 year-old open target are somehow courageous heroes now? Pardon me if I don’t agree.
Justice in the Cosby Fiasco
I’m in no way belittling the seriousness of rape and I’m not insisting it couldn’t have happened. I am saying they are all extremely old allegations, all under suspicious circumstances, none of which have made the courts, and I really don’t know. None of us do. Until I learn more I will reserve all judgment.
I know people who were victims of rape. I’ve also known someone who was once falsely accused of rape with the case thrown out of court. Even though we’re sold one narrative, both scenarios happen all the time.
In the celebrity world, false accusations of rape have happened to lots of people. Like yelling “Fire”, when someone cries rape people will believe it simply if the shoe seems like it could fit, and that’s wrong. Not in this day and age, and not in this climate. One should not believe anything they hear in a tabloid that hasn’t yet gone through the proper channels of scrutiny before condemnation. This is not insensitivity. Rape allegations brought privately to the police should be taken extremely seriously. Allegations brought not to the police, but to lawyers and through the compensated entertainment channels are supposed to be scrutinized for credibility—and judgement should be reserved.
Whether Cosby is guilty or not, most of the people ranting, raving, tweeting, blogging, vlogging and commenting all over the place are out of control and emotional. They really don’t know because they were not there and they don’t know the accusers. We have to let law enforcement and the courts do their job and stop throwing everything prematurely to the court of public opinion. It’s an agent of chaos, and it’s sick.
If Cosby is guilty of rape, I truly hope he gets what he deserves. In many ways he’s already getting it. However, when someone files a lawsuit 30 or 40 years later and it can’t really be proven, and there’s money involved, you cannot rush to judgment. You have to step back and let the investigation proceed. As a society we have to stop behaving like easily corralled tabloid addicted lunatics, and we have to stop sentencing people with allegations and alleged incidents. Even if it makes us appalled, it isn’t necessarily proven fact and judgement must be withheld. The media is evil and it keeps pouring things out to the public prematurely. They know the dead-headed public wants its crack.
Netflix and all the companies that already took action were also wrong and the quickness of their actions were very suspicious. As Phylicia Rashad recently insinuated in Cosby’s defense, something definitely does seem covert and orchestrated. No matter what any of us choose to believe, what’s happening is not right.
The way things are going, any one of us can be converged upon and we shouldn’t stand for this regarding anyone. I do not want Cosby or anyone off the hook for anything if there are transgressions. However, there is a serious societal danger when we make it too easy for anyone with an allegation to destroy accomplished people. The flood gates open. What’s worse is that if anyone speaks sensibly toward objectivity or God forbid in defense of Cosby, they may be subject to attacks by Feminist groups or angry people sold on the allegations, because of course we’re simply supposed to believe any women who come forth no matter what. It’s societal madness. None of this is Constitutional and none of this should be happening.
Society is often irrational and out of control and we must respect the social order of things. The power of the media has gotten more dangerous than it has ever been in history. Currently, its breaking all the rules and doing whatever it wants to. And now it is leading public thought regardless of truth. No matter what, absolutely no one with an allegation should be lionized as a hero and escorted all over the media to defame the accused. No matter what, the place to herd alleged crime is to the authorities and the courts, not to TMZ, Vanity Fair or Inside Edition. And no matter what, regardless what sheeple are foaming at the mouth believing, a man is innocent until he’s PROVEN guilty.
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