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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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 »
“Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison. THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocent victim. They are not ONLY destroying innocent people’s life they are ALSO making it hard for the MEN and Women to find justice when they have been raped.’
Sigh. It seems that Camille Cosby is not the only one barely treading water in the Sea of Denial. Bill Cosby’s daughter Evin Cosby has apparently been quite vocal on Facebook about the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against her dad. I do empathize with her in that I can only imagine how horrifying it must be to learn that so many women are accusing your father of such awful, heinous acts. I mean, the accusations have been tough to swallow for those who looked up to fictional Heathcliff Huxtable as a father figure — imagine if the man who played Cliff is your real-life father? That is a terrible thing for a child, grown or not, to wrap their brain around.
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You know, up until this point, I have maintained a modicum of sympathy for Camille Cosby. Maybe she’s really had no fucking clue that her husband is a serial rapist who drugs women. (Alleged-fucking-ly. EYE ROLL.) Maybe he is JUST THAT GOOD of an actor. And maybe it’s possible that we just don’t know what steps she’s taking to end her marriage now that over a dozen women have come forward sharing incredibly similar stories about how the entertainer lured them to his apartment, often under the guise of an “audition,” drugged their drinks and then sexually assaulted them. We don’t know! It’s not like Camille has had anything to say. UNTIL NOW. Please see the statement Mrs. Cosby released to CBS News above. While you read, I am going to go quietly vomit in the trash can under my desk. Keep reading »