Today (December 30, 2015), Bill Cosby was charged with felony sexual assault from an incident that occurred in 2004. For the past year or so there have been a number (a lot actually) of similar allegations (some settled in civil court) thrown at Bill that span ten or twenty years, but this is the first one that has resulted in criminal charges.
Now I don’t condone any of what Bill is allegedly accused of. If he did these heinous acts, then he should get the punishment he deserves. We don’t know that yet because 1) it hasn’t gone to trial and 2) he hasn’t been found guilty of said crimes. If you went on Twitter (or any other social site, or read the comments section on an online news outlet) though, you would think the trial already occurred and that Bill was already serving what remaining years he has left behind bars. See, in this country, the United States of America, one is innocent until proven guilty. While not specifically spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, the 5th (protection against self-incrimination), 6th (rights related to criminal prosecution) and 14th (due process) amendments imply it. So, before people cast judgement, of which they are wholly unqualified to do because they don’t have all the facts and/or evidence, maybe we should let the legal system, no matter how fixed you may think it is, do what it’s meant to do instead of adapting to the mob mentally or blindly believing what some celebrities say. Which brings me to my next point.
Apparently, back in the day, the comedy world knew all about Bill’s exploits; it was just common knowledge. Comedians like Patton Oswalt, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roseanne Barr; I’m sure there are more. My question is this, why didn’t they speak up and say something, or, at the very least, make an anonymous call to the police? Maybe, just maybe, if they had the spinal fortitude to do that back 10, 15, 20 years ago, more women wouldn’t have (allegedly) been assaulted by Bill. I know if it were me, and I heard these things were going on, I would have reported it to the authorities and certainly not brag years later (after being comfortably ensconced in my career) that, while I knew all about it, chose to remain silent.
And that’s all I have to say about that.