Even President Barack Obama felt compelled to comment on the on-going Bill Cosby saga. At a recent press conference he waded into the whirlwind of accusations of sexual improprieties surrounding almost everyone’s once favourite comedian,.
“I’ll say this. If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, a drug and then you have sex without their consent, that’s rape. And I think this country – any civilized country – should have no tolerance for rape.”
Responding to specific questions from reporters, Obama said that there is “no precedent” for revoking the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Cosby a few years ago.
“We don’t have that mechanism,” Obama was quoted as saying.
With over 40 women who so far have come forward to tell their personal stories about Cosby’s sexual assaults (and his modus operandi), an increasing number of people have started to question his claim of innocence since the first allegations of (drug-induced) rape.
In 2005, court documents that recently came to light, Bill Cosby admitted that he “gave Quaaludes to a woman and then had sex with her.”
But his lawyer has consistently denied the accusations, calling them “utter nonsense.”
The revelations of Bill Cosby’s sexual proclivities and dalliances, come in the face of what has been an exemplary career and instantly recognizable global image cultivated over several decades—on the big screen, television and international concert stages.
Bill Cosby was Fat Albert, I Spy detective, Uptown Saturday Night character and Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.
He was also the face and voice of many products including Jell-O Pudding Pops .
Cosby also fashioned himself as the voice of paternal reason for younger Black men, urging them to pull up their pants and stay in school.
For those who didn’t agree with him, his moral authority forced them to listen.
But many who once held him in high esteem are gradually distancing themselves from the once popular entertainment icon.