Clare Huxtable, no. Bill Cosby’s long-time TV wife Phylicia Rashad has finally spoken out about the insanely lengthy sexual assault allegations against the entertainer, and it isn’t pretty. Speaking with Showbiz 411, Rashad scoffed at the allegations — from over 20 women — and called them “orchestrated” and the “destruction of a legacy,” seemingly because she, herself, had never witnessed Cosby rape or sexually assault anyone. So it must be a conspiracy! Rashad told Showbiz 411:
“Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture. … Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled. …This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
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Susan Patton, AKA “Princeton Mom” has a pretty sweet gig. She flits around TV saying incredibly horrible things for a living. Today, the horrible thing she said had to do with rape and child molestation, as for some reason Fox News has been really into soliciting her opinions on these matters. I guess because she wrote a thing about how ladies should snag a husband before they leave college lest they end up all old and alone and turning into Olive Chancellor or something.
Anyway, Patton popped by “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning to chitchat with Elisabeth Hasselbeck about rape and child molestation over some tea and crumpets. The question of the day was whether or not we should be teaching kindergartners and other young students about concepts like rape prevention and child molestation — given that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 42 PERCENT of rape victims are under the age of 18. Keep reading »
Yesterday, Gawker’s J.K. Trotter wrote a piece naming the man who allegedly raped Lena Dunham in college. Dunham wrote about the rape in her book, Not That Kind Of Girl, but took a number of steps to conceal his identity. Unfortunately, the manner in which she cloaked his identity was seized upon by some of Dunham’s conservative critics, who sought out to identify (and probably exonerate) the guy so he could tell “his side.” This led to a totally unrelated former student being fingered, which Dunham’s critics presented as proof that she was stretching the truth. Dunham eventually wrote a piece for Buzzfeed making it clear that the wrong guy had been identified, that she didn’t want her real rapist to be revealed and that his identity isn’t the issue anyway, as telling her story was the only point. “Reporters have attempted to uncover the identity of my attacker despite my sincerest attempts to protect this information,” she wrote. Sadly, her wishes have not been and continue to not be respected.
Last night, Beejoli Shah, a former editor at Gawker’s Defamer blog and a soon-to-be full-time Frisky staffer (woot!), forwarded me the email she sent to Trotter — who she acknowledges as a friend and former colleague — expressing her concerns with his decision to publish the name of Dunham’s rapist. She gave me permission to publish her email verbatim on The Frisky, though I have made a few small spelling/formatting corrections. For context, Beejoli also recently wrote a piece for Buzzfeed about her own rape and was harassed on Twitter by men’s rights activists (like Roosh V.) as a result. — Amelia Keep reading »