As the long-awaited sexual assault conviction of Bill Cosby takes hold, more institutions are cutting past ties with the comedian. Following his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Cosby will now have two prior Kennedy Center honors stricken from the record.
For years now, America has been struggling with the allegations that Bill Cosby — once a beloved television father and comedian — may have used his position in Hollywood to commit a series of violent sexual assaults. For those unfamiliar with the timeline involved in the Cosby case, I would encourage you to check out ABC’s detailed recap of everything that led up to this past month’s trial, including the civil cases brought against the actor-comedian and the Hannibal Burgess joke that is widely regarded as the instigating event in bringing these accusations to the public. And today, as noted by Deadline, a Norristown, PA jury has forced the judge to declare a mistrial in Andrea Costand’s case against Cosby.
While it seems like a list like this could provide at least a modicum of entertainment (after all, there's no bond more solidifying than the collective hatred of a public figure), there's a few glaring issues with it.
Prior to the many pieces, victims and testimony cementing Bill Cosby’s status as a reviled public figure, the comedian had almost reached the cusp of a comeback, planning a new NBC series and a Netflix standup special. Netflix was quick to shelve plans to release the special once Cosby’s deeds became a national focus, and now the streaming service doesn’t ever believe it “appropriate” to air.
Who watched 'The Celebrity Apprentice' last night? It was awfully awkward in the board room when Donald Trump "fired" Keisha Knight Pulliam aka. "Rudy" from 'The Cosby Show' for more or less for not calling Bill Cosby to help in the challenge.
Whether true or not, allegations of sexual abuse and or rape against Bill Cosby continue to become public. I'm not really sure what to believe, but it does seem there could be merit to some of the accusations, because as the old saying goes, often where there is smoke, there is fire.