By R.O. Chester
There is a new hit piece out about Bill Cosby. Although I have previously written about his problems here:
I feel constrained to draw attention to the latest story about him. I call this one the New White Album because almost all of the women are white. The New York Mag story starts with this image:
and then immediately launches into its tirade:
More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began. Consider the evidence of October 2014, when a Philadelphia magazine reporter at a Hannibal Buress show uploaded a clip of the comedian talking about Bill Cosby: “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … 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 … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s fucking public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit onstage and people think I’m making it up … That shit is upsetting.” The bit went viral swiftly, with irreversible, calamitous consequences for Cosby’s reputation.
Perhaps the most shocking thing wasn’t that Buress had called Cosby a rapist; it was that the world had actually heard him. A decade earlier, 14 women had accused Cosby of rape. In 2005, a former basketball star named Andrea Constand, who met Cosby when she was working in the athletic department at Temple University, where he served on the board of trustees, alleged to authorities that he had drugged her to a state of semi-consciousness and then groped and digitally penetrated her. After her allegations were made public, a California lawyer named Tamara Green appeared on the Today show and said that, 30 years earlier, Cosby had drugged and assaulted her as well. Eventually, 12 Jane Does signed up to tell their own stories of being assaulted by Cosby in support of Constand’s case. Several of them eventually made their names public. But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character.
There is a lot more at the link, and a paragraph or so on every woman. What I want you to go there and notice are the individual pictures. Here is just one:
All the women are attired in WHITE for their story. Really? There is almost a “wedding” feel to all the images.
I wasn’t there when any of these alleged acts took place. Some supposedly took place back in the 1960’s. I do know however, that where there is a powerful man with money, the ladies flock around. That is where the word “groupie” comes from. I also know that Bill Cosby is currently worth about $400 million dollars. I know what I suspect. I suspect that some of these ladies are near retirement age and need a little financial boost.
But whether that is the case or not, I have to wonder at all the white clothes in the story. Are they trying to imply all these little honeys are innocent and virginal? Or are they just drawing attention to the whiteness?
FootNote: The Image is of a crowd of Beatle fans back in the day.