I think we were all more than dismayed when the rumors began circulating that Cosby was, let’s face it, a rapist. I was disappointed because here was a Black man we could admire for being a MAN on his show, his having produced shows where it was more important to have character, get a good education, be a good father, than constantly emphasizing his race. I believe all Americans were captivated by that difference between Cosby and so many other actors.
So now he has women (some say up to 40) coming forth who say he plied them with Quaaludes some years back, unbeknownst to them, and took advantage of them. This is bad, it brings him down, it destroys his reputation, it lowers our opinions of him; rightfully so. But……
I heard a man on the radio today who knew Cosby in the Eighties, this guy was a ‘still photographer’ in the industry and took pictures at Quaalude parties, sort of like Paparazzi. He said he’d heard for years that Hollywood types wanted to bring Cosby down, to make him look bad. He gave the reason that Cosby was a more Conservative Black man and Hollywood didn’t like that. I have a little trouble believing that, but who knows? I’d hardly consider Cosby a Rightwinger, most of those emails we have received in the past about him talking conservatism proved not to be true, by the way, BUT, he did espouse intact family life in his show and in private life (even if most people knew he was a playboy for years). He did talk about speaking good English, not Ebonics; I’ll hand him that.
Did it ever occur to you to wonder what women were doing in private with him, having cocktails alone with him? …Cocktails into which he allegedly dropped Quaaludes in? Quaaludes heighten the desire to have sex and it apparently worked big time for his victims. Some of the ‘victims’ have said they had consensual sex with him. I’m guessing that was more the norm. The photographer I mention above said that was basically why so many starlets and Hollywood wannabe girls went to those parties, hung around Cosby and so many others, to have sex in hopes of furthering their careers.
This guy even said that he saw so many men doing the same thing Cosby was doing that he can’t believe Cosby is the only guy being nailed now and can only attribute it to either peoples’ conceptions that Cosby was Conservative or so rich and famous that others were envious of the rich and successful Black guy and wanted to bring him down. This man said he couldn’t figure out why women only today are coming out (why not sooner? tho some did), and only about Cosby, when this behavior was so rampant by so many actors, married or not. Cosby represented good stuff to us for years…”I SPY” was fun, his comedy albums are fabulous, he loved to play drums at Sunset Blvd clubs (I saw him sitting in with a big band once), his COSBY SHOW was an enormous hit. We loved Bill Cosby. We, or at least I, thought ‘Great! Finally, a Black man who’s portraying Blacks as educated, good people! Finally setting a good example!’
I’m not standing up for any rapist, for anybody who’d secretly (supposedly?) drop Quaaludes in alcohol, who’d take advantage of women. All I’m saying is we should be asking ourselves what this is all about. Even if he did lure women with drugs and whatever else, should this be the end of his career and reputation? This, I’m a little ‘iffy’ on myself. Nobody wants to admire a rapist of any ilk.
Anybody agree with me on at least asking ourselves what’s behind this, and if the women were, indeed, not such unwitting participants? Again, please…I’m not excusing this kind of behavior from ANYONE, but why would women so willingly put themselves in those situations? ….One-on-one in an office or home, with booze and an older guy…(just for a chat?)……joining parties known to be ‘hook up’ parties, from what this photographer said today, etc.
What do you think about it?