People came out to see comedian Hannibal Buress and expected a night of laughs and fun. Instead, they received the kind of shock they probably won’t forget anytime soon. During the skit, the comedian went off into a tangent, talking about other things that were not on the script for that night. Then, suddenly, he lashed out at Bill Cosby, saying, “You’re a rapist.”
Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women, including Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia magazine. But this is the first time that Cosby has been called a rapist in public, and people are surprised that Buress made such a stunning allegation in front of everyone.
Buress also makes the comments a bit racial, stating that Cosby has the “smuggest old black man persona.” This is more of what he said:
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*ckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He 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 rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
Buress continues back on the skit, stating that if people don’t believe what he says, they should look it up for themselves on the Internet.
“I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns,” Buress says. “I’ve done this bit on stage and people think I’m making it up…. when you leave here, google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That sh*t has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.'”
Buress is a regular on Comedy Central, and claims that he actually admires Bill Cosby for refusing to curse on stage.
Amanda Hess at Slate.com wrote more details about the allegations against Cosby, asking why no one seems to care. Other prominent men in society, including former President Bill Clinton, also have seedy pasts in their personal lives, and these episodes/allegations are also overlooked by the public.
Hess recounts the analysis of Tom Scocca at Gawker.com, who says that Cosby has been accused of “targeting, grooming, then drugging and raping multiple young women as early as the 1970s and as recently as 2004.”
Scocca claims that it’s easy to forget Cosby’s allegations because “nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a s-xual predator. It was too much to handle.”
The allegations against Cosby receive a special disdain because many perceive him to be self-righteous in his criticism against others for their poor decision-making, especially other black men and single black mothers. This puts a spotlight on his own behavior, making some feel that he is a hypocrite for criticizing others while making poor choices himself.
But Cosby is respected for his famous role in “The Cosby Show,” and presenting an image of the black family that was healthy and positive. He has also been one of the greatest supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which also garners respect for him in many circles.
According to Newsweek.com, 13 women have accused Cosby of various forms of sexual misconduct. The stories are somewhat consistent, and appear to allege that Cosby seeks out women as a “mentor” for them, and later seeks an inappropriate reward for his services.
You can read some of the interviews here, and here’s a bit of what Newsweek had to say:
Last week, Newsweek interviewed Tamara Green, one of 13 women who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them in a civil lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand in 2004, and settled under undisclosed terms in 2006. Now, a second woman is speaking out: Barbara Bowman, a 46-year-old artist who says Cosby took her under his wing in the late ‘80s, when she was a teenager — and repeatedly emotionally and physically abused her.
Both Bowman and Green joined the 2004 lawsuit as witnesses after hearing about it on television; neither had anything to gain financially, as the statute of limitations had expired for both of them.
You can watch the Hannibal Buress video below and tell us: What do you think about what this man said? Is it unacceptable, accurate or neither? If Cosby has never been charged or convicted of rape in the past, what does this say about the allegations against him?