The rape allegations against Bill Cosby are no laughing matter. However, it did provide some great material for comedians and satirists. During last month’s Golden Globe awards, Bill Cosby became the butt of a joke made by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Satirist Bill Maher is also fond of poking fun at Cosby’s expense. During the height of the Sony hacking scandal, Maher joked that one of the controversial films that Sony shelved was a remake of While You Were Sleeping starring Bill Cosby.
It looks like Maher is at it again. In a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the satirist talked about how a speech made by Sarah Palin was criticized by Republicans. “Sean Hannity asked, ‘Did the teleprompter go down?’ The Washington Examiner questioned whether she should be included in future Republican events. And Bill Cosby said, ‘I wouldn’t drug her with your drink’,” Maher joked.
Shortly after the episode, Bill Cosby was forced to cancel his Boston shows due to horrible weather. However, this didn’t stop protesters who gathered outside the Wilbur Theater to speak out against the comedian. “Just because the show is canceled doesn’t mean we’re going to stop protesting rape culture,” said Brandie Skorker, a 28-year-old East Boston resident and one of the protest organizers.
It’s shaping up to be a bad week for Bill Cosby. Aside from Bill Maher’s joke, the show cancellations, and the ongoing protests, another accuser has come forward saying that Cosby harassed her. Helen Grumpel, formerly Helen Selby, said in a press conference that Bill Cosby made sexual advances and lewd gestures while she was on the set of The Cosby Show.
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According to Grumpel, she was called to the set for what she thought was another audition shortly after appearing in one episode of the show. She said she was brought to Bill Cosby’s dressing room where he then proceeded to sexually harass her.