Bill Cosby has been put into the spotlight this week for some very uncomfortable reasons. Once one of the most respected and cherished entertainers in the world, Cosby’s name has now been tarnished by numerous allegations of inappropriate and harmful conduct toward women. Several reports have claimed that as many as 13 women have come forward to say that Cosby drugged them and took advantage of them while they slept. The allegations resurfaced when comedian Hannibal Burress ridiculed Cosby on stage.
Now, TMZ is claiming that even Queen Latifah and her staff have abandoned the seemingly loveable old man. According to TMZ, Latifah and her team cancelled Cosby’s upcoming appearance on her syndicated talk show because of the recent chatter about Cosby’s inappropriate behavior. Cosby was set to appear to promote his upcoming comedy tour, but now the entire tour is in jeopardy.
Here’s what Burress said about Cosby on stage:
And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. 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 r@ped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.
Later, actress Barbara Bowan did several interviews about things that Cosby allegedly did to her over 25 years ago.
“I was drugged and raped by that man,” Bowan said to MailOnline. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced s-xual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.”
Despite the many women who’ve come forward to claim that Cosby had assaulted them, none of them pressed charges. Also, many of them accepted money from Cosby for many years after the incident and two of them had consensual relationships with him. In spite of the TMZ claim, reps from The Queen Latifah Show say that it was Cosby’s decision to cancel (or postpone) the appearance.
Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.
What do you think about all of this?