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Don’t Just Hate On Bill Cosby

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With news of the recent cancellation of the two new Bill Cosby shows, one being developed for NBC and the other for Netflix, one has to have a slightest bit of doubt that the legendary comedian may be guilty. Everywhere you turn is a “new development” in the allegations against Cosby’s character. This isn’t the first time this has happened; in 2000 Cosby was at the center of a groping allegation made by Lachele Covington, an actress on one of Cosby’s CBS show and again in 2004 when Andrea Constand claimed he raped her. That case eventually was settled out of court.

Everything seemed to have been swept under the rug until comedian Hannibal Buress said some foul things about Cosby.

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This jumpstarted a new conversation about Cosby. Since those comments by Buress, in October, multiple woman have stepped forward and claimed the very same thing; Cobsy allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted them. One of the accusers is former model Janice Dickinson.

This isn’t going to be a piece where I present facts and tell you that you should scorn Mr. Cosby for his poor decision-making. I’m not going to tell you that you should immediately write him off as innocent either. Every news publication and social media is writing off Cosby as a sexual offender when the amount of evidence against him is very thin.

Like Michael Jackson before him, Cosby is now being seen in the public eye as a monster whose far from being redeemed until a future death. Listening to the radio here in Orlando, a news jockey announced to listeners to yell out “Did you rape those girls” at Cosby during a then un-cancelled event. This type of behavior is uncalled for and despicable.

This is the problem with media; they, we, scrutinize those who are accused of any sort of crime, no questions asked. It’s wrong. Cosby has had an almost perfect, wholesome image since his debut mid-1960s, which makes these allegations a bit more believable that he may have a darker side no one has witnessed. Just wait until every single piece of evidence comes in to make a judgment call and not jump on a bandwagon.

 

That’s my two cents that I felt like sharing with you. What do you think?

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.