So we’ve all been hearing about the sexual assault allegations surrounding our beloved Bill Cosby. After admiring him as the perfect father-figure and oh-so-loving husband on one of America’s most watched sitcoms of all time “The Cosby show.” Being entertained by this funny-guy with stand up comedy and shows like “Fat Albert and the Cosby kids” and considering him a role model hosting the series “Kids say the darndest things,” it really makes you wonder if he isn’t as perfect, charming and upstanding as we’ve always thought.
Actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist, and RAPIST??? I’m sure many hearts were broken to hear that the man you grew up watching and loving on television could even be slightly connected to such “rumors?”
On the other hand, can these broken hearts even compare to the pain, confusion, shame, mistrust and lifelong trauma that these, now twenty (20) women – that have been reported – are saying that our Dr. Huxtable did to them as girls?
Now we know that as a celebrity your life is public knowledge and though you may try to keep it as private as possible or try to live a “normal” as possible life behind cameras, there’s always going to be someone trying to get a picture/story of you. In addition, not everything you read/see/hear about a celebrity is true. Tabloid aside, let’s give this some serious thought for a moment.
Some may argue, why would over a dozen women after decades of silence come out with these allegations?
My question is why not?
The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency.
1) All victims were very young when they met him.
2) All white. Not to mention impressionable and defenseless to a grown man.
3) They were offered drugs as palliatives
3) They tried resistance but he pursued
4) They all remained silent because they worried that no one would believe them.
Councidence? I think not. There is also intense response by Cosby’s team (attorneys & publicists) to use their power of the media and the court – a privilege that these women do not have- to attack their credibility.
Some will say well what’s their motive? There isn’t any. These women aren’t related to eachother (except now through Cosby.) Sadly, they have nothing to gain. None of these cases are presently being tried in court.
This isn’t affecting Cosby from getting any lead roles in sitcoms or comedy tours because we know these times have long gone.
To the contrary, these women lives are still being affected. They are the ones being called liars. Now that they are going public with their stories, they would have a hard time getting jobs and their personal life would now be public knowledge.
The worst part is having to relive these traumatic events to reporters and still not get the support they deserve partly because they were and still are considered “nobodies” and he was an “important somebody.”
What about right from wrong? Do we live in a world where fame trumps justice? Is it because Hollywood’s your playground, you can live above the law?