“The Nightly Show” Host Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: “How Many More Women Do We Need?”
Plenty of media outlets and famous faces have been hands off when it comes to passing any sort of judgment on the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, but on the second episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore dove right in. Wilmore devoted the entire episode to the Cosby story, starting off with his opening monologue. After playing a series of clips of Cosby defenders maintaining his innocence because of the lack of photographic proof — because real rapists take Polaroids, didn’t ya know? — Wilmore focused on the sheer volume of women who have come forward telling similar stories of being drugged and assaulted by Cosby, asking why people don’t believe them.
“Is it just because they’re women?” Wilmore asked. “Because I would say enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 women. How many more do we need? That’s like if Bill Cosby drugged and raped every U.S. President from George Washington to John. F Kennedy.” Seriously, think about that. Every President from Washington to Kennedy. Wilmore then did a spot-on impression of Cosby talking about raping Grover Cleveland and I laughed and then felt a tad guilty about laughing.
Anyway, then Wilmore had a panel discussion about judging Cosby in the court of public opinion. Because every panel discussion needs a balanced point of view, there’s one dipshit who thinks some of the women must be lying simply because Gloria Allred is involved. But as a fellow panelist pointed out, even if 10 percent of the women are lying, NINETY PERCENT ARE TELLING THE TRUTH. And frankly, even if 90 percent of the women are lying, 10 percent would still be telling the truth and COSBY IS STILL A RAPIST. There’s only one scenario in which Cosby is totally innocent and that’s if every single one of these 35 women are lying, you know, for the fame and glory that comes along with accusing a powerful man of rape.
As Wilmore put it, “Let’s consider for a second that Cosby didn’t do it. Okay, we’re done.” [TIME]