Bill Cosby - Comedian or Defendant
My Bill Cosby
When I think of Bill Cosby, two things come to mind, one of his monologues and his defense of Tawana Brawley.
The monologue is one where he's explaining how he gives his kids breakfast when Mom's not around. He gives them chocolate cake. He then tells us how the kids run around singing, "Dad is great, he gives us the chocolate cake." His monologue contains the following rationalization:
"The child wanted chocolate cake for breakfast! How ridiculous! ... And someone in my brain looked under chocolate cake and saw the ingredients: eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake! And milk! Oh goody! And wheat! That's nutrition! ... And their father said, 'Chocolate cake coming up!!' ... And five children sat at breakfast and the morning music was playing and they were eating chocolate cake and singing songs to me: 'Dad is great! Give us the chocolate cake!'"
I can remember laughing at this and continuing to laugh as he explained how Mom went well, pretty much wild. However, the "Dad is great" line is said around my house almost every time we eat chocolate cake.
My second thought when I hear Bill Cosby is his defense of Tawana Brawley. In 1987 this young lady (15 at the time) falsely accused six white men of raping her in Wappingers Falls, N.Y, not that far from where I live.
Mr. Cosby came to her aid, was sympathetic to her plight and helped raise money for her legal fund. As the Grand Jury investigated they found the allegations were untrue. Speculation led to Ms. Brawley being afraid of punishment she would've received had she returned home late so she fabricated the entire story. She accused a Fishkill Police Officer, a Dutchess County Prosecutor, and stated the other white men watched.
Pagones (the prosecutor) sued Sharpton, Maddox, Mason, and Brawley. He won. He says to this day, he would forego payment from Brawley if she would just tell the truth.
Certainly these are not my only memories of Bill Cosby. I watched "I Spy" and many more of Mr. Cosby's monologues.
Bill Cosby Monologue - One of the reasons we loved him
What do you think, comedian or rapist?
Sixteen Women Accuse Cosby of Rape
The Washington Post says women saw him as "the king of the world".
“According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky . . . Nothing stays in the dark 4ever!” read a tweet from the 47-year-old Lisa Bonet's purported Twitter account. Lisa played a daughter on Cosby's show.
Sixteen women! Not one or two or even ten but sixteen. Different women at different times though there are similarities. Most claiming he drugged them before any sexual act.
Again Mr. Cosby's actions hit close to home for me as one of the women currently accusing him is from Woodstock, N.Y.
Thirty, forty, and fifty years ago. Let that sink in. Three, four and five decades ago. I'm not saying that makes them false by any means. Think about fifty years ago. At that time a rape victim had little credibility, especially if the rapist was a famous male, a beloved entertainer. However, it is being said this is not the first time Mr. Cosby has been accused of rape.
- Mr. Cosby admitted to a brief affair in 1970.
- A civil suit against him in 2005 led to thirteen women willing to testify. Mr. Cosby reached an unknown settlement in 2006 with Andrea Constand, the lady who had filed the suit.
- 2006 Barbara Bowman accused Mr. Cosby of several sexual assaults.
- February 2014 a Newsweek article where Bowman and Green accuse Mr. Cosby.
- Former NBC employee Frank Scotti decided to speak up because he felt sorry for the women. Scotti passed money on to women for Cosby but using Scotti's name to cover for Cosby.
- Cosby had young models delivered to his office and Scotti would stand guard outside
You don't need a vivid imagination to put two and two together! I've only mentioned the tip of the iceberg. If you want to learn more there is plenty on the Internet with more being added daily.
You look at the enjoyment you may get from a given activity, and then you look at the amount of work that may have to go into it … for example, sex with a young beautiful woman who has plenty of energy."— Bill Cosby in his forties
Cosby - Family Man or Rapist
Where does all of this leave us? What are we to believe. Is Bill Cosby the lovable family man who has provided hours and hours of laughter to families across the world OR is he a serial rapist who used his stature to lure women?
Is he the master of the monologue or the distributor of drinks and pills? What happened to Cliff Huxtable? Is he still there? Where will this all lead? Will we ever find out the truth?
Those are my questions. I want to know the truth but have a feeling in my gut that will never happen. On the one hand its hard not to believe sixteen different women and on the other this is fatherly Bill Cosby. Stars like Kathy Lee Gifford have defended him while stars like Sharon Osborne speak of his "loving the women" and being "free with his hands". Whoopi Goldberg sympathizes with Mr. Cosby. Other black female comedians have certainly intimated they are not surprised by the allegations. Not pointing fingers but comedian Sheryl Underwood (whom I love) made a comment I am paraphrasing, that being in the comedian community you hear things and see things and this isn't the place to relate them. That comment kind of cemented things for me.
I am so sorry to say, and my heart aches, but I'm leaning toward rapist.
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