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Cosby has sellout show, standing ovation in Florida

If Bill Cosby is an embattled old comedian whose best days are in the past, you never would have known it this week.

Cosby took a trip to Melbourne, Florida for a 90-minute performance at the King Center for the Performing Arts, and the crowd showed nothing but love.  In fact, the show was sold out and he received a standing ovation after it was over.

Unlike other recent appearances, Cosby also answered questions about the allegations that have dogged him in recent weeks.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby said after the show. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

It wasn’t as if his critics weren’t trying to rattle him.  There was a radio station offering cash and other prizes for heckling his performance, but he kept his focus through it all.   Instead, Cosby did a bit of heckling on his own.

“So today I was informed of this radio station that is offering money for people to stand up and heckle in order to collect prizes and money,” Cosby said.

“The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat house mentality. Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness. There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don’t listen to what they said and they entice violence. That’s not good for anyone.

“When you go to a civil rights march or something like that, at least there are meetings and some organization to it and people understand how to behave. There may be people coming to the show that don’t know exactly what to do; there is no organization to it all,” he said.

Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, is busy defending the comedian against numerous allegations of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct.  Singer says that the allegations are “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”

“Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork,” Singer said. “When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”

The national media came out to see Cosby perform, along with thousands of fans.

Bonnie Linden, who attended the performance, says that she believes the women are motivated by money.

“I love him,” Linden said. “He’s doing something good, He wasn’t convicted of anything.”

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13 thoughts on “Cosby has sellout show, standing ovation in Florida

  1. Ricki Stevenson (Mme)

    \The media worked hard to bring him down this week, but in Florida, Bill Cosby’s show was sold out AND he got a standing ovation from the audience after answering their questions! Just like Bill and Hill Clinton,…if Bill Cosby is alright with his wife Camille, who are we to say anything against them!???!

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  2. Yvette Holloway

    The chickens have come home to roost. Cosby has a few skeletons in his closet. Wonder if someone killed his so about something he did to one of these women. His son died under very mysterious circumstances long ago. Happy that he has a lot of support cause the powers that be wanna lock him up and throw away the key.

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  3. Greg Peniston

    a standing ovation is pretty commonplace…the author is not able to gauge whether this is in support of the person or the performance…this process will only stop with public fatigue, not with inferring the dozen+ women with the same basic story are lying…the weak & vague “denials” could use a definite NO by Mr. Cosby…but we know that cannot & will not happen

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  4. Corbin

    I do not have a dog in this race. However, I wish the media would back off and hassle someone else. It is time. I think BC is an honorable man and I also think that he has better taste in females. He is being targeted and it all stemmed from that butthole of a comedian who made reference to BC raping women. So….all of these rubbery, leather faced females decided it was time to bring Mr. Cosby down. It’s not working.

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  5. Eye-Riss

    He keeps saying the accusations are just innuendos from 30,40 years ago. Is a rape then less some how from a rape today? Sexual assault and rape are crimes and though the statute of limitations has tolled, I see no reason from these multiple women to expose themselves to media ridicule, humiliation and loss of reputation to smear Bill Cosby, if it was not true.. I believe them and it is too many coming forward for it ALL to be a lie.

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  6. Leta

    Its apparent that main stream whitebamerica continues to be intimidated by intelligent strong black men. Charlie sheen is a prime example of domestic violence on several occasions and he continues to get new shows and top dollar. The fact that Michael Vick had to spend a day in jail over a dog yet abortions are legal and babies killed daily. Its truly like a jungle sometimes it.makes.me wond

    er?

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  8. J. D. Hill

    Is it reasonable to vilify a man whose alleged sins and indiscretions occurred 30, 40, 50 years ago? Assuming that all of these time-worn allegations are true, is this the man whom America knows today? Obviously, Cosby made a turn, as there are no such claims against him for far more than a generation.

    What about all of the good that Bill Cosby has done during the last ten, twenty, or thirty years? Do we ignore that, looking and listening only to the bald-faced, wrinkled, and willing participants in his dubious shenanigans?

    There is one common thread that runs through virtually all of the claims of Cosby’s accusers: when they voiced their objections to Cosby’s advances, he left them alone. No court would have convicted him of rape in the first place. These women went along to try to get their careers off the ground. Again, assuming that they are telling the truth!

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  9. wanda

    While the jury is out and people may or may not believe the allegations that have been brought against him. One one thing is for certain: he spoke a lot of truth about us as a black community, especially in the area of personal accountability and responsibility. A lot of \us\ didn’t want to hear what he was saying and we dismissed him as some sterilized comic who was passed his prime, with nothing relevant to say. But he kept on saying it anyway and thankfully, some us \caught on\, and we’re all the better for it. Was or is Mr. Cosby perfect? No. He’s not God, just a human being who is prone to make mistakes. But he provided a \voice of reason\, when it was desperately needed.

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