Stacey Dash was once known for being Dionne in “Clueless.” Now she’s just known for being clueless in real life. The former actress, in her new role on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” had some interesting things to say about two recent stories regarding campus crackdowns meant to prevent sexual assault–national sorority chapters telling sorority members at the University of Virginia campus to not go to frat parties this weekend, as it’s a big party weekend, and also Dartmouth College banning hard liquor on campus.
“I think the girls — it’s a good thing — for the good girls to be told to stay home, be safe. The other bad girls – bad women – are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know … but the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
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Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law.
“I was drunk” is not a passable defense for a DUI. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for assault. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for theft. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for murder. And yet somehow, due to the increasingly backwards patriarchal society we’re living in, “I was drunk” is apparently a passable defense for rape. Keep reading »
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.
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When Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, speaking of the accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, had the gall to say “forget these women” and to insinuate that the allegations were the result of some kind of grand conspiracy against her TV husband, the sound of a thousand “Bye Phylicias” peeled out across the internet almost instantly.
Then, three more women came forward to say that Bill Cosby had assaulted them, taking Ms. Rashad to task for being so dismissive.
Rashad, however is now telling ABC News that Showbiz 411 misquoted her. She says that she did not say “forget these women,” but that she said “This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.”
Which, sorry Phylicia, is not much better. It is very much about the women. They matter. Keep reading »