At last count, 16 women, the most recent being former supermodel Beverly Johnson, have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and, in some cases, sexually assaulting them.
To be clear, I find Beverly Johnson’s account, as I found some of the others, to be credible.
But to be fair, I’ll let the man have his day in court. And not just because it’s easier to throw a book at him there. Oops, I meant it’s easier to throw the book at him there.
But more importantly because his comments about innuendo really piss me off. This is just one more example of rape culture. Where 16 women can make strangely similar accusations about being drugged and some even assaulted and the accused is still allowed to call those accusations innuendo, suggesting that the women are not speaking factually.
His defenders will say this is all The Man tryna take Bill Cosby down because he was on the cusp of launching a new “positive” black network. *sigh* Really? Stop playing with me…the powers that be ain’t hardly scared of no positive black programming when they already know how to control us with the programming that’s in play today. We’re not hardly sitting around waiting for positive programming – we’re too busy watching reality T.V.
We gotta thing in our community where we can’t believe bad things about our heroes. We’re not being fair to ourselves or them. These folks, particularly those in entertainment and maybe even politics, are as flawed as any one of us. It is entirely possible – hell, in my view, probable – that Bill Cosby did exactly what these women are accusing him of. Unless we can accept that…we risk victimizing these women all over again. Just so we can continue to worship a fallen hero.
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