Rape Jokes. Super Funny.

Bill Cosby, TV’s former favorite father has been spiraling down from his pedestal on the Cosby show as numerous rape allegations, whispered in secret for years, have finally taken hold in the court of public opinion.

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Nearly everyone has weighed in.  25+ victims have come forward, including some well known celebs like Beverly Johnson.  Industry insiders and a gaggle of commentators have come out for this side or that.   Cosby’s former costars have also made the rounds to give him a good character reference–we can’t hold that against them; sociopaths and other offenders can be quite charming, that’s part of their cover.    But not a word from Bill himself–until now.

Last night at a comedy show in Ontario, Cosby played to an adoring crowd of 2599–and 1 heckler that shouted at Cosby during the show.  He said nothing in response to being called a rapist….but when a woman got up from her seat during the show, Cosby asked her where she was going.  When the woman replied she was going to get a drink Cosby reportedly quipped, “You have to be careful drinking around me.”

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Really, Bill?  After weeks of saying nothing, you decided a flippant flirty rufie joke was the way to go?   Even the loyal fans gasped before some applauded the accused-rapist’s rape jokes.

Hope someone checked to make sure that woman made it back to her seat.

 

 

Susan X Jane

Susan Jane thinks a lot about media and race…a lot. She teaches Communications at Wheelock College, writes and speaks about media…and race... and generally encourages everyone she meets to think about the way media shapes their sense of self and their ideas and beliefs about the world. If you're reading this, she wants you to think about it too. Want to talk about it? Let's go.

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