As the continual flow of rape allegations begin to mount against comedian Bill Cosby, the once loved actor is staying silent when it comes to commenting on the recent string of accusations.
Comedian Hannibal Burgess is largely responsible for the recent resurfacing of accusations stemming from 2006. In the midst of Cosby’s comeback attempt, Burgess decided that now was the time to bring up the largely forgotten allegations. In the context of Burgess’s bit, the “rape critique” was related to “hypocrisy” and an enlarged “moral superiority complex.”
“Bill Cosby has the f–ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. '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 that brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. But yeah, you’re a rapist.”
Burgess’s skit caught fire on the Internet, and after a Cosby representative made a social post about “coming up with meme’s featuring Cosby,” the various brigades of Internet Vikings made use of their creative genius and proceeded to blast the comedian for his alleged doings.
According to Page Six, on Nov. 6, AP was given the opportunity to interview Cosby relating to a museum exhibition taking place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Cosby donated a large amount of art pieces for the exhibition, so he was an essential player in the proposed AP article.
As any journalist in their right mind would, AP couldn’t help but ask Cosby if he had any comment on the recent string of rape accusations. Cosby replied, “We don’t answer that.”
After the interview was finished, with cameras still running, Cosby proceeded to ask the journalist if there was any way that the footage of him not answering the question could be “scuttled” from the record.
The journalist, naturally already knowing that the footage would be used, tried to find a soft way of easing Cosby’s worries, even though both parties knew full well that it would surface.
While AP did not initially include the footage in question, after two more women made accusations against Cosby, the news organization found that it was newsworthy as well as ethical to release Cosby’s lack of a response.
The court of public opinion is largely based on logistics in the sense that one accusation can be thwarted as having a “motive,” but double-digit claims reveal the apparent underlying of some truth. Individuals have “accused” other individuals of committing crimes for thousands of years, but when they begin to stack up in such a way, it is difficult to rationally come to terms with any other connotation than guilt.