Things could turn sour for Bill Cosby. After getting called out by Hannibal Burress for accusations that Cosby has raped multiple women, the news cycles were not kind to Cosby.
“Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He just gets on TV — ‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.”
This week, TMZ ran with a story titled “Queen Latifah — CANCELS Bill Cosby Interview … After Rape Allegations Resurface.”
According to TMZ, Cosby was slated to appear on Latifah’s daytime talk show to promote his current standup comedy tour. But “production sources” told TMZ that Latifah did not need the negative attention in the wake of Cosby’s latest “rape” scandal, so they pulled the plug on him.
Shortly thereafter, TMZ updated their story with news that a Queen Latifah “show spokesperson” told them that “Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request.”
But the suspicion is in the wind. And some think that, despite years of allegations and lawsuits from women against Cosby, this time the stigma might stick. Why? Because a man — a famous man — is telling the world to pay attention to those women. And he wasn’t just cracking a joke. He invited his audience, and the rest of us, to check his story.
“If you didn’t know about it, trust me,” Burress said. “When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny.”
As Wonkette puts it:
“America seemed to be taking the women’s accusations with a grain of salt until a man said, essentially, ‘No, for real, listen to them.’”