Childhood innocence destroyed

Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris, and now Bill Cosby.

I’ve ignored this story for a while, but it seems that there is enough prima facie evidence for a number of people and organisations to back away from Cosby’s brand.

Comedian Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalised with the word “rapist” written over it, after numerous women recently came forward alleging Cosby sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Cosby’s star, which was defaced with a marker pen, was being cleaned up. The organisation filed a police report citing vandalism of a registered California state landmark.

“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways,” the organisation said in a statement.

More than a dozen women have come forward saying Cosby, 77, sexually abused, groped and in some cases drugged them in incidents dating back to the 1960s.

One California woman, Judy Huth, filed a lawsuit against Cosby this week accusing him of sexual battery when she was aged 15 in 1974.

The trailblazing African-American comic best known as the wholesome Dr Cliff Huxtable on the long-running, top-rated television series “The Cosby Show,” has not been charged with any crimes.

The allegations have damaged Cosby’s public image and led to the cancellation of his NBC and Netflix television projects and numerous live comedy concerts.

On Thursday, the U.S. Navy revoked Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, saying the allegations conflicted with the military organisation’s beliefs.

The problem with these entertainment icons is that their wholesome public image appears to be masking a sinister side.  Yet on the other hand, you have to wonder if there is a huge contextual difference.  What was a wild party in the 70 may very well be clear sexual assault and occasionally rape today.

I’m not trivialising this at all.   I find the whole situation repugnant.  But it does seem to be related to a certain era, a certain industry, and a lifestyle of free love and drug taking.   I do quickly add that Im only reserving judgement about ‘victims’ who were legal adults at the time.

Kiddie fiddlers are always going to be in the wrong, no matter what the era or the backdrop.

I hope the Cosby situation does get to the point where he is charged.  If he is a sexual predator, he deserves more than innuendo.

 

– Reuters

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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