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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  • Pita

    A wild fling with an A listed celebrity forty years ago may have brought notoriety and status…today he’s just a dirty old man who took advantage of an innocent.

  • Raibert

    No matter what, even if it does go to trial in the USA. With precedents like OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson, Cosby will walk.

  • Champagneshane

    The reference to contextual difference is worth discussing. While there may well be some genuine grievances that in a moral sense were just as repugnant yesteryear as they are today it would be quite reasonable to speculate that some of the claims that have read their head could merely be a reaction of someone show has grown up in the worlds most litigious society.
    Immediately springing to mind is the mini series charting the history of the Eagles, the greatest rock band of all time ( correct me if I am wrong) and highlighting their trade mark “second encores”….Parties organised by the roadies who were given tokens by Glenn Frey that were handed out to the hottest chicks, selected purely at random by surveying the audience. A token got you entrance to a second encore that was usually a full floor of a hotel where all the baths were filled with beer and ice. Must have taken quite some organising…. anyhow I digress….
    Undoubtably, as pointed out above, this was a certain era, a certain industry and a lifestyle of free love ( at least that’s what we thought), booze and drug taking

  • LisaGinNZ

    Bill Clinton is a rapist so where is outrage regarding his behavior?!

    • Wallace Westland

      Eh? Evidence?

      • LisaGinNZ
        • Wallace Westland

          You CANNOT be serious? Even the article attempts to disassociate itself from this load of bullpucky
          “But Broaddrick could not remember the date, even the month, of the
          alleged 1978 incident. And NBC’s Lisa Myers reported that Broaddrick, a
          volunteer in Clinton’s first gubernatorial campaign, attended a Clinton
          fund-raiser three weeks later. “I think I was still in denial,”
          Broaddrick said. “I still felt very guilty at that time, that it was my
          fault. By letting him come to the room, I had given him the wrong idea.”

          I’m sick and tired of these 20 years after the fact howls of rape.
          Next thing old slappers from my past that were up for a roll in the hay for the price of a few drinks at the local watering hole will be knocking on the door claiming I deliberately got them intoxicated and took advantage.

    • Imogen B

      Must have missed something. Rapist? Do tell.

      • LisaGinNZ

        Juanita Broaddrick

    • Champagneshane

      LisaGin
      In case you missed something…….

      From the Crimes Act………
      (2)Person A rapes person B if person A has sexual connection with person B, effected by the penetration of person B’s genitalia by person A’s penis,—
      (a)without person B’s consent to the connection; and
      (b)without believing on reasonable grounds that person B consents to the connection.

      During the course of earning her presidential knee pads person B’s mouth was quite some distance from her genitalia

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