Bill Cosby is best remembered for The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and those Jell-O pudding pop commercials but lately, the comedian who has that ‘father figure’ image is being accused of sexual assault. An image that is contradictory to this voice and message he sends to the black community.
Comedian Hannibal Buress jogged our memory in a stand up routine he did last weekend and reminded us all that Bill Cosby is an accused rapist. Buress homed in during his set Thursday at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia (Cosby’s home town).
“And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said. “Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple of notches. … I’ve done this bit onstage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. …That shit is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.”
Burress is correct!
The myriad allegations leveled against Bill Cosby over the years are no joke. In 2004, Andrea Constand brought a civil lawsuit against Cosby that grew to include 13 other women, all of whom reported being drugged and raped by one of America’s most beloved entertainers. Cosby settled with her under undisclosed terms in 2006.
Notably, two other women — who presumably had nothing to gain financially, as the statute of limitations had run out on their cases — also shared their stories with major media outlets. Their accounts included similar details: Cosby took them under his wing and, on multiple occasions, fed them alcohol laced with drugs and assaulted them.
And yet, despite the multiple victims and reports of a decades-long streak of rape, America seems to have chosen to forgive and forget. Completing the circle of denial, Cosby’s new biography conspicuously omits his sexual assault allegations, as if they never happened. Cosby and his lawyers are slick, they prove that with money and power, incidents like this can be swept and kept under a rug.
So there it is people, Dr. Huxtable — America’s dad — isn’t that lovable television character “in real life” who visited your living rooms week after week. The man is a slick accused rapist. His time is up though and I believe his season of exposure has come. Why? Because in time, God reveals all things.