Please don’t take this the wrong way, but WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING? (I apologize for swearing, but somehow multiple accusations of sexual assault seems worse than 1 f-bomb)
As I write this, 24 women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Cosby. TWENTY-FOUR. That’s a good number for a case of beer, but a horrible number for a man trying to claim that these allegations are “baseless”.
Twenty-four allegations coming from non-criminal-record-extortionist-women, with totally explicable connections to Cosby and none whatsoever to each other is a pretty damn strong base. Enough, as far as I’m concerned , to shift reasonable doubt from “that doesn’t mean he did it” to “that doesn’t mean he didn’t do it”.
Sure, his television wife Phylicia Rashad said “forget these women”. But I say forget her. Just like the entire world has since her portrayal of Claire Huxtable ended 23 years ago. It’s understandable she would come to the defense of the man solely responsible for the sole reason anyone is familiar with her. But it is still indefensible that she would make such an asinine statement. The very reason it is so difficult for women to come forward in situations of assault is due to attitudes like this and the dismissive attitude of people in power. You say Cosby deserves the “benefit of the doubt”? I would say you’re in denial.
To attend a Bill Cosby concert right now is to financially support an accused sexual offender. The next logical step in all this is for some of these allegations to be brought before the courts (a la Jian Ghomeshi) at which point Cosby will have to use a good chunk of his own change to defend himself. And anyone who recently attended his shows is providing a good chunk of that good chunk. Which is bad.
So while I completely support the decision the people in these cities made to support standup comedy, I completely do NOT support going to see this particular comedian at this particular time. Sure he’s a comedy icon. Yes, he WAS a great tv dad. But now he is, above all else, an accused rapist whom 24 women have come forward against. And there’s nothing funny about that.
P.S. If you’re interested in seeing some standup comedians who are not accused rapists, might I suggest any number of great Canadian comics that tour through your cities regularly. Good talk.