Back in the day when there was a scandal among celebrities, the advice was to remain silent until it blew over and was forgotten. Well those old school days have long gone. With social media and the immediacy of news and information and the ability to dig up one’s past and verify it, this philosophy no longer applies. In fact it can backfire. Bill Cosby’s not speaking out and defending himself and remaining silent against his rape allegations has clearly backfired on him.
When people are innocent of something, they speak out. In fact they scream out that these allegations are” false”. When something a serious as a rape allegation is made one has to speak out against it, especially if they have not committed such a vulgar act.
Even though our American justice system and various justice systems around the world may not require the accused to speak out for themselves and defend him or herself, in the back of many jurors minds is still the question, “If they are innocent, then why don’t they testify and speak up for themselves and defend their innocence?”
Most recently, Cosby refused to answer a journalist’s questions on NPR that concerned his alleged rape. Queen Latifia and David Letterman cancelled his show appearances. People wrote horrible things about him on twitter related to his alleged raping.
While Cosby’s raping allegations were recently called out by comedian Hannibal Burris, rumors about Cosby’s unwanted sexual advances and subsequent rape allegations have been talked about in Hollywood for for the past three decades. With his constant visits to the Playboy Mansion, many in the Hollywood saw him as a lecherous cheater on his wife Camille.
Cosby has been a super star for decades and there is no doubt that he took advantage of his status, like so many stars have done in the past and present. and will most likely do in the future.
No doubt there may have been many aspririing actresses who would think nothing of having sex with Cosby in exchange for his connecting them up with an agent, a movie or tv role, or with others who could further their careers. There may be those who may have put out for him and when he did not reciprocate with his promises or with their expectations, they may have felt used and abused angry. They may have and felt they were physically and emotionally raped and discarded and rightfully so. Then there may have been others, who like his most vocal accuser who stated Cosby raped her at 19, inist she was actually violently raped by him. Perhaps these women saw was one of the most Toxic People with a sadistic and monstrous side. The fact that he settled with one of his rape accusers also doesn’t look good for him.
Evidently, Cosby was not the All American, beloved and humorous, Dr. Huxtable he played on TV, complete with a high moral compass who would never think of cheating on his wife or taking advantage of young starlets.
Cosby’s silence speaks volumes to me. Until he breaks his silence and comes clean and either admits his alleged egregious behavior or provides us with a defense or an explanation his phenomenal career is essentially over . No one wants to watch a rapist or someone they assume is a rapist, so they networks might as well pull the plug on his upcoming show.