Let me be the first to admit that, unlike so many people in the media and on the internet, I actually don’t know if Bill Cosby is a rapist. I know several women have accused him of it, and I know that he isn’t doing any favors for himself by refusing to comment and asking news outlets to scrub footage of him refusing to comment. You’d think if the man is guilty but has no intention of fessing up, he’d at least deny the allegations. And if he’s innocent, he’d be even more likely to deny them. Either way, I can’t understand answering with ‘no comment’ when someone asks a rather direct and unambiguous question like ‘are you a rapist?’
So maybe this means he’s panicking because he’s guilty. Or maybe he’s panicking because he’s innocent. Or maybe he’s an 80-year-old man who doesn’t quite understand what’s going on.
Maybe it’s a combination of some of those explanations. I don’t know. I just don’t. But I do know that the whole thing is quite… strange. Strange because these allegations have been known for some time, but nobody cared until a comedian named Hannibal Buress, who frequently jokes about raping women, called out Bill Cosby for allegedly raping women. Suddenly, because of a guy I’ve never heard of, accusations everyone heard of ten years ago become national news.