Bill Cosby’s name has been blown up in the media ever since accusations began claiming the famous comedian has been living a double life for over 30 years and is a womanizing sexual predator who drugs and rapes women. Now, by January 2015, at least 30 women have accused Bill Cosby of rape. Bill Cosby has become a pariah. He is vilified in the media, vilified by his peers (Judd Apatow and Patton Oswalt are some of many celebrities that have spoken out against him), and he’s even had reruns of The Cosby Show pretty much wiped off of the planet earth. Everyone in social media and the Court of Public Opinion has deemed Cliff Huxtable guilty and if you say otherwise you’re immediately considered a misogynistic “rape apologist.”
So why have I not jumped on the hate train that virtually everyone else seems to have? It’s simple: It doesn’t make a damn bit of sense to me. I’m not condoning Cosby if he actually did these things. But where’s the evidence? Where is the proof? And why exactly are we so quick to wipe him off the entertainment map? The worst part is if you call out the fact that something doesn’t add up, immediately you are told us “DO NOT QUESTION IT. HE IS GUILTY. STOP PROMOTING RAPECULTURE.” Society is trying to actually pressure anyone who might ask for some facts about this situation before making up their minds into one massive “Social Justice Hive Mind” kind of like the Phalanx in the X-Men comics.
Everyone seems to believe Cosby is guilty due to the vast number of women who have stepped forward; how come none of them bothered to do so when it happened? How come none of them bothered even a year later, two years later, five years later, etc.? If this was so important to them why did they wait until some B-list comedian Hannibal Burgess tried to make a name for himself by making jokes about Cosby being a rapist part of his act? Out of 30 women you’d think ONE PERSON would have said “I won’t be silenced” and kept trying to get justice done if they had truly been wronged. Instead these women conveniently turned up after Burgess started pointing it out, making me wonder if It’s just a bunch of people who are angry Bill Cosby has said “black people should pull their pants up” publicly before. The fact so many almost seemingly random women have come out have actually made me MORE SKEPTICAL of the situation. It’s too convenient, too weird. What I think gets me the most is the fact that there are about as many Bill Cosby accusers as there are entrants in the WWE Royal Rumble.
I’m just waiting for Bushwhacker Luke, The Warlord, and Road Warrior Animal to all chime in and accuse Cosby of rape as well – maybe Cosby should put a million dollar out of court cash settlement on the line in an actual Cosby Accusers Royal Rumble at the rate he’s going. I might be more likely to believe it if less people came out in a timely fashion than 30 people coming out 20-30 years later. It’s easy to point a finger with no evidence and say something. It does not make it true. I could state matter of factly that George Clooney touched my nutsac once – not only won’t anyone believe me but nothing will happen to George Clooney.
Fortunately there are some people who have decided to publicly state they don’t believe in including several of Cosby’s own cast-mates (such as Phylicia Rashād) during his many years on The Cosby Show, MOST OF WHICH WERE WOMEN. So when I see women and bloggers and angry feminists and other weird accusers stating that “the number of women Bill Cosby has raped indicates serial behavior” (notice they always write “HAS RAPED” as if he’s already been determined to be guilty), it makes me think – this man was in a position of power over six or seven women on the Cosby show for YEARS. If he was a serial rapist, the first people he would have imposed this kind of behavior on would be the ones on his show – the ones he could blackmail into doing what he wanted for YEARS because of the spot he was in with that show. The fact fellow female cast members are supporting him instead of condemning him is very telling. He’s not still signing their paychecks. They’re not getting anything out of saying this – in fact they’re being attacked by all the maniacs out there who are so convinced he is guilty that they believe everyone who says otherwise needs to be “mobbed.”
The other problem is we are taking these women at face value because we’re so afraid of being blacklisted ourselves for “victim blaming” or “RAPECULTURE” that we’re not allowed to. Somehow “where is your evidence?” has become “oh I don’t believe you and you deserved to be raped.” These are two entirely different subjects! Nobody is condoning rape but some people such as myself want some facts presented to us – not opinions, not conjecture, but some hard evidence that these events took place. Our society was supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty,” and now it has been replaced it with “innocent until ASSUMED guilty,” and that’s a horrible thing for anyone seeking true justice. And what message are we sending by being so quick to condemn a man without having all the facts? It says to the world “if a woman has a problem with you all she has to do is accuse you of rape with NO EVIDENCE to ruin your life.” Social media which is overrun with “Tumblr feminists” (these are the ones that believe if you are white and male you should have no rights whatsoever because you owe everyone else something) WANT this weapon to be out there. It gives women power. It doesn’t just give them power. It gives them the fucking POWER COSMIC. It’s a magic word that can “make men and all their achievements go away.” And that is frightening. Think about that. ANY woman at ANY TIME can declare “RAPE” and suddenly without any proof you can be blacklisted – at least that’s what society has become in 2014, 2015. Before that point, at least you still had somewhat of a career, which is why I can’t condone Bill Cosby getting wiped from the face of the earth.
Michael Jackson was accused of raping kids. But it didn’t stop anyone from liking or listening to his music. Sure, jokes were made about him – but he was still the King of Pop. We didn’t just REVOKE that title from him. He got found NOT GUILTY. Many people in the so-called “court of public opinion” believe MJ bought his way out of trouble. Yet, still, every time we see Thriller we know that shit is the most awesome music video ever. Bad speculation doesn’t change this man’s amazing musical talent. Didn’t we have a Jackson 5 song in Guardians of the Galaxy which TONS OF KIDS went to go see in the movies? Yeah… Michael Jackson songs in a movie that was a smash hit with tons of young boys.
Mike Tyson actually raped a woman violently, but he didn’t get banned from boxing until he bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear. People still enjoyed him in the Hangover films, and he was allowed onto WWE television and into their Hall of Fame. He’s got his own cartoon now. He’s not blacklisted from everything in existence, nor should he be for that matter.
R Kelly filmed himself EATING A 13 YEAR OLD’S ASS AND URINATING ON HER and despite any jokes made about him he is still allowed to make music. The man almost shoved his entire head INSIDE of this girl’s BUTTHOLE ON CAMERA to the point I don’t even feel comfortable with this photo even WITH STABLER COP-BLOCKING IT. But we’re not still holding it against him other than the occasional joke that pops up on Twitter every time he makes a new album.
So why the hell are we telling Bill Cosby that he can’t do comedy anymore, and removing anything that’s ever had his name on it from the earth? I’m not even so much appalled by the television show removal as I am from the fact that Cosby, an educated man who has donated money to college funds and programs is now seeing those very programs removed. Even if the man is found to be guilty of the things of which he is accused, it doesn’t mean his positive contributions to the world never happened. It doesn’t justify his behavior but if in fact he did these horrible things, one does not have to do with the other. The blame for all this “court of public opinion” crap is probably on the ridiculous bandwagon mentality that is bred by social networking on the Internet. Somehow Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr and all this social media has convinced us that our “opinions” are “fact.” The type of people who thinks their opinions are facts are also the type of people who dress in home-made ninja costumes in public while telling us that we’re all racists and homophobes for our opinions but ANYONE who plays videogames on a Personal Computer is a piece of shit and constantly harasses them for not having the EXACT SAME OPINION he does.
Yes, that’s an ACTUAL person. Yes, that’s why you should not smoke crack during pregnancy. Yes, those are clearance rack Hot Topic pants. Yes, that man is 32. Most of the people condemning Cosby right away are equally as idiotic but without the stupid costumes.
I’m not saying that I know that Bill Cosby is innocent because I don’t KNOW. But what I am saying is that until I know I am not going to be quick to bash him, accuse him, protest him, threaten him, or storm his house like the villagers did to Dr. Frankenstein’s castle.
What I am also saying is that no matter what Bill Cosby may have done, I’m not going to let it change the fact I find him funny. I won’t let it taint the fact that Cosby’s routine here in Atlanta in 2013 was one of the fondest memories of my father – that seeing Cosby, one of his all-time favorite comedians perform LIVE was my final Father’s Day gift to my Dad. That moment of my life, that touching moment for my family doesn’t change just because Bill Cosby MAY OR MAY NOT have done something to these women. Either side of the coin it falls on it’s not going to change the positive memories of that event.
I will still be able to turn on his old routine, “Bill Cosby, Himself” and manage to laugh. I can still watch “The Cosby Show” and laugh – the same way I can turn on my old NES and play Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, and enjoy the game. Mike Tyson did horrible things, but it doesn’t mean that I didn’t STILL enjoy watching the man fight in the boxing ring. Before you go bashing Bill Cosby, how clean of skeletons is YOUR closet? How clean is the closet of any celebrity you mindlessly worship? Do you know these things for sure? You may believe Cosby is guilty, and you can think so all day – but until we have proof, we don’t know for sure, and even if we did know he did these things for sure, erasing the man from existence, including everything he’s done and everything he’s ever been a part of is the equivalent of Nazi book burning and would be a dark day for society…
…except the movie Leonard Part 6. That movie was an atrocity and we should go ahead and delete that. In fact, that’s probably ten times worse than rape. Excuse me, I’m going to call my lawyer. I think I have grounds to accuse Bill Cosby of mind-rape.
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