Hannibal Buress and the jokes that helped to bring down Bill Cosby
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 30, 2018,
Apr 30, 2018, 22:17
Bill Cosby was found guilty of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday, but that hasn't stopped his publicists from doing everything they can to undermine his accusers. You have to give him credit, it's a big and bloody one.
At Cosby's first trial, which ended in a deadlocked jury less than a year ago, only one additional accuser was allowed to testify.
Rather than focusing on the perpetrator, we would say this is a moment to pay tribute to the sexual assault survivors who had the courage to speak out and the persistence to stand by their stories during long years of official neglect, minimization and disbelief.
And so there was.
So who's next? Harvey Weinstein?
Director Brett Ratner has been accused by six women of a number of sexual offenses and his lawyer has disputed these accounts.
He would go on to win the 2002 Presidential Medal of Freedom and made it his role to admonish blacks to take personal responsibility, his stinging commentary hitting home because of the man, husband and father many believed Cosby to be.
And as our ideas about victims and sexual assault changed radically and with a speed that not even Chuck Yeager, the man who broke the sound barrier, could have anticipated, so did our requirements for due process.
We have not protected victims adequately in this country. Rather, Cosby's image has been turned into an 80-year-old convicted serial rapist that hid behind a public persona, a conclusion that is becoming clearer with this conviction and his reaction to the verdict. "Sure. But it needs to be unfairly prejudicial (for a successful appeal)", she said. He strongly denied the allegations, and accused the women of making up the stories.
A headline caught my eye on the internet when I was checking email and social media, and I just burst into tears.
"I can't think of any instance when Paine has considered rescinding a degree".
He had been "foolish" and "ridiculous" in being attracted to a younger woman but he was no criminal. There were no claims of abuse within the last 10 years. And the #MeToo movement is getting there.
Andrea Constand tweeted Friday morning a "very profound and heartfelt thank you" to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its service and sacrifices. And that has troubled me from the beginning of the #MeToo movement.
"People who represent defendants in these types of civil suits are going to have to ask themselves 'What am I willing to put on the record knowing that this testimony is going to come back and haunt me?'" "So, at that level, I hope that it makes more people come forward, and it reminds society that this is not okay on any level in any walk of life".
Now a convicted felon on house arrest, Cosby will face sentencing within 60 to 90 days of Thursday's verdict.
The TV icon did not testify in his criminal trial in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse, and he sat silently through more than two weeks of emotional testimony from witnesses and fierce cross-examination from his attorneys. Allowing Gloria Allred anywhere near a camera also was a constitutional violation of the highest legal (and aesthetic) order.
"There's an ongoing conversation about can we love the art and dismiss or disavow the artist", said Cooper, author of the recent book "Eloquent Rage", which explores the Cosby allegations.