Bill Cosby was on Good Morning America today to promote his charity work with the Black Belt Foundation, an organization that works to fund underserved schools in the South. In a move we haven’t seen on TV, the reporter questioned him about the numerous rape allegations against him.
“If a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom says you’ve done some bad things,’ how will you answer? … Are the allegations true?” she asks. What came next was the kind of bizarre Bill Cosby appearance we’ve come to expect from his talk-show gigs. Except this time, it’s not quite so funny. His response:
“I am prepared to tell this young person about life … I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other.’ My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully: I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be three inches deep, but you and your car are going to go down. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?’”
If you’ve been seeing Amy Schumer all over your Facebook feed lately, it’s because the third season of her sketch sitcom Inside Amy Schumer is debuting tonight on Comedy Central. She was at the Tribeca Film Festival this week to premiere the new season and offer some hints about what fans of the shit-stirring comedy can expect, including a sketch about Bill Cosby. More from HuffPo:
A New York street artist is using his craft—along with tons of wheatpaste and a cast of Fat Albert characters—to convince comedian Bill Cosby to respond to the still-rising number of sexual assault allegations that have come out against him.
The artist’s name is FLOOD, and he’s plastered everyone from Dumb Donald and Mushmouth to Fat Albert himself all over the streets of New York holding signs saying things like, “The proof is in the pudding,” and “Hey, hey, hey, Bill, just admit it.”
Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.
Bill Cosby won’t speak at Temple University’s graduation ceremony this year.
The Inquirer reports that the announcement had long been expected. Cosby spoke at the university’s graduation ceremonies for many years. He resigned as a member of Temple’s Board of Trustees last year after allegations of sex abuse resurfaced. Read more »
Hannibal Buress hasn’t talked too much about the fact that it was basically him who reinvigorated the discussion around Bill Cosby and the sexual assault allegations surrounding him. After his performance in Philadelphia last year, when he flat-out called Cosby a rapist, countless other women spoke up saying they were sexually assaulted by the comedian.
Executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson (Da Ali G Show) and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, in Why? With Hannibal Buress, the comedian will provide his perspective on each week’s zeitgeist-driven topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and in-studio guests. To stay topical, each episode will be shot in front of a studio audience, taping the same week it airs.
The project is believed to stem from a development deal Buress inked with Comedy Central in 2013, which included a pilot commitment, a one-hour stand-up special; a nationwide Comedy Central Live stand-up tour; and a role Broad City.
Bill Cosby has released a video that some outlets are calling his first attempt to reach out to his fans following the string of sexual assault allegations against him. The clip finds him talking to someone, presumably a concert promoter, on the telephone while wearing fuchsia pajamas. The point of the message, pundits say, is to show fans that he’s not letting these charges hold him down.
“You know I’ll be hilarious. Can’t wait!” the 10-second video begins. A letter that accompanies the video has the strongest message, however: “Dear Fans: I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that’s filled with laughter. Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.”
ABC News reports that there are currently 30 women who have claimed they were sexually harassed by the comedian. So far, no charges have been pressed.
Another Bill Cosby accuser has decided to make her story public.
“Patricia” — her last name wasn’t disclosed — came forward in a Buzzfeed article today. She was reportedly one of the 13 “Jane Doe” witnesses lined up to testify against Cosby when former Temple University employee Andrea Constand filed suit against the entertainer a decade ago. But that suit was settled before it went to trial, and Patricia had not told her story publicly until today.
Patricia told Buzzfeed she was invited in 1978 to Cosby’s house in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, when she was 22 years old. She expected to dine with Cosby and his wife, but only Cosby was there.
Last night, ’90s Saturday Night Live great Norm Macdonald took to Twitter to share some backstage secrets about this weekend’s SNL 40 reunion—from what it was like writing with Mike Myers to being in the same room with Paul McCartney—but the tweet that got most leverage, at least in the press, was one that said Eddie Murphy was asked but refused to reprise his Bill Cosby impression in the episode’s Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. Why? Read more »