Approximately 13 years passed between the last day Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was on the Billboard charts, and the day it once again shot back to the limelight in Wayne’s World. About a decade passed between the last time Rick James headlined an arena, and the day Dave Chappelle pulled him back into catchphrase Heaven. Yes, the come-and-go of fame and meme-worthy notoriety are fickle things, and second chances have a dangerous habit of bringing up past indiscretions. As Bill Cosby, much like Rick James, recently discovered.
Much as with Queen and James, Cosby’s return to the spotlight started out at the hands of a comedian — in this case, Hannibal Buress. The short bit, which Buress said he’d done many times before, probably made big in part because of the venue — the Trocadero, right in Cosby’s own home town of Philadelphia.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
That video quickly went viral, and since then Cosby’s past indiscretions have been the talk of everyone who somehow managed to either forget, or forgive and forget and then forget why they forgave.
It’s true that Cosby’s rape allegations (now numbering no less than 13) are decades old; but perhaps the most chilling part about them is that those rapes themselves covered decades, and all share eerily similar details in terms of the drugs used and the events leading up to the alleged rapes themselves. And that’s made more damning by the fact that Cosby does have kind of a history of paying hush money to cover his other (albeit legal) sexual indiscretions. And that fact, among many others, has been covered ad nauseum (literally) on CNN of late.
So, this has all the earmarks of a “Hey, look what this comedian mentioned” return to notoriety. And a well-deserved one, at that.
But Rush Limbaugh sees liberal conspiracy here.
“It looks like they’re trying to destroy Bill Cosby. CNN has decided to adopt this story and make it the number one cause célèbre of the day.
What did Bill Cosby ever do to tick off some producer at CNN? Or some reporter? Or some assignment? What happened here?
And then I had to stop and remember, Bill Cosby has numerous times in the recent past given public lectures in which he has said to one degree or another that black families and communities had better step up and get hold of themselves and not fall prey to the forces of destruction that rip them apart. And basically he started demanding that people start accepting responsibility. And the next thing you know he is the nation’s biggest rapist as far as CNN is concerned.
It’s not like he did it yesterday.”
Where do you even start with that? Let’s try this:
- “Bill Cosby has numerous times in the recent past given public lectures…” Yes, it’s true that he has. Then again, those lectures are nothing new for Cosby, who’s been telling black people to “pull up their pants” practically since Tupac’s first Hanes-line. This must be one of those nefarious liberal media sneak attacks, where you spend 30 years giving people awards for being positive role models in the black community, and then…BANG! Out comes the rape coverage. Classic liberal maneuver.
Actually, Cosby’s commentaries on the black community have been controversial for about as long as he’s been publicly lecturing on them. In 2005, Georgetown University professor Eric Dyson wrote that’s Cosby’s comments “betray classist, elitist viewpoints rooted in generational warfare.” So, maybe the dastardly lamestream liberal media only decided to wait nine years to attack instead of 30 years.
Second: “It’s not like he did it yesterday.”
- Yes, Rush — that is kind of the point here. As many people are asking how exactly something that’s been public knowledge for this long could just sort have been…you know…not talked about for so long. Is the cult of celebrity, the cult of personality, so powerful now that it’s its own best medicine. When did we as a society become comfortable with forgiving and forgetting, and then forgetting why we forgave? And besides: Who f***ing cares about how long ago it happened?!? It still HAPPENED!
But, to Rush, no such profound questions and obvious observations dare linger. It’s all just a LIBERAL CONSPIRACY, dammit!
Now, tell us to forget about your contribution to the oxycontin trade in Florida, oh Moral Crusader.
Beezlebub has a devil put aside for thee…