Bill Cosby, a beloved comedian and sitcom star, has been accused by 19 women for sexual assault. Cosby has denied these charges and his lawyer has stated that the accusations are “utterly preposterous” and “plainly bizarre”. These rumors and accusations have been floating around for years. However, it was not until Comedian Hannibal Buress joked about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations that the rumor went viral.
“It was unexpected,” Buress said in response to the attention his joke received. “It wasn’t my intention to make it part of a big discussion.”
I think it is peculiar that it only took Buress’ comedy bit to get the media to seriously scrutinize Cosby’s charges. The women who have stepped forward refer to sexual assault occurrences that happened 30-40 years ago. They claim that no one would believe their stories. So why is the public believing them now?
I think the main reason is that the media did not cover sexual assault charges as much back then. Today, it is more common to hear about these kinds of sex scandals. Cosby has been denying that these rumors are true. Even if they are not, his reputation is tainted and will never be the same.