Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bill Cosby - Rapist in Disguise

Cliff Huxtable
Father figure Cosby
I never found Bill Cosby funny, but many people did and he was enormously popular. He evolved into America's father figure, a person to look up to and respect.  He was the first black actor to have equal billing in a television show starring with Robert Culp in I Spy, attained success as a stand-up comic, created the Fat Albert franchise, was a spokesman for Jello-O, and in the 90's, reached a peak in his popularity with The Bill Cosby Show. He was the lovable Cliff Huxtable, the family man who doled out fatherly advice to his children as seamlessly as Cosby's pharmacist doled out qualudes to him.

Bill Cosby getting degree
Doctor of Humane Letters
Along the way, Cosby garnered honorary degrees from more than a dozen universities, including Doctor of Humane Letters. He became the educator. However, two years ago, he alienated a lot of African Americans when he waxed philosophical about his own race, blaming them for their social woes by saying: 'we have to start holding each other to a higher standard' and 'it's not about color, it's about behavior.' He said, 'We are not a pitiful race of people. We are a bright race, who can move with the best. But we are in a new time, where people are behaving in abnormal ways and calling it normal. I guess Bill never viewed his drugging and sexually assaulting women as abnormal behavior.

Andrea Constand
Andrea Constand
Now we're discovering that not only is Bill Cosby a comedian, actor, author, activist, philanthropist, musician and educator, but also a rapist, liar and adulterer. He was charged in civil court ten years ago with sexual assault by Andrea Constand, a woman who accused him of drugging and assaulting her, but he was able to quietly settle that with money, a broom and a rug.  He's back in the spotlight as a result of the stand-up comic Hannibal Buress discussing Cosby in his comedy routine, which was video recorded and downloaded onto youtube. Hannibal discusses rape frequently in his stand-up skits and he's no angel, but his comments on Cosby's rape charges went viral almost overnight and put the spotlight back on Bill's extracurricular activities of pursuing young white women, drugging them and masturbating over their corpses bodies.

However, keep in mind that Hannibal mentions Bill not because of his indignation over the assaults, but because he's rankled over Bill's disparaging comments about black people.  To quote Hannibal:   “It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘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 rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.'

Camille Cosby
Bill and Camille Cosby
As I wrote about in an earlier article, we now have the dutiful wife standing by. Camille Cosby had to know the guy was a serial philanderer, but did she know he had reached this depth of depravity? This scandal is not going to disappear down a memory hole, so do yourself a favor Camille, take his ass to the cleaners and get on with your life. Nobody blames you.