6 Reasons I Refused to Believe Bill Cosby is a Rapist

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Things haven’t been looking to good for Bill Cosby…for a while now. 20 plus women have come forward with accusations of rape and sexual assault over the years, but let’s be honest…a lot of us gave them major side eyes at first.

I’m just gonna be upfront. Nobody wants to believe that Bill Cosby is a rapist. I mean, why would we? He is the quintessential example of what it means to be a decent human being…or so we thought.

As someone who’s experienced the pain of what it feels like to have a man not take “no” for an answer, I empathize with each and every one of these women. I believe wholeheartedly that when women (and men) make rape allegations, they should be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. But even with all of that being said, I still struggled to see Mr. Cosby as a villain. Here are 6 reasons why I think that’s so:

1.The Cosby Show

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Who didn’t watch The Cosby Show? I mean, from 1984 to 1992, Bill Cosby was everybody’s TV dad. He was perfect. He treated his children perfect, he treated his wife perfect, and he had the perfect job. He always gave everybody great advice, and on top of that, he was funny. He really helped change the image of the Black family unit for EVERYBODY, and we loved him for that.

2.Jell-O Pudding

I mean…these commercials used to be fun to watch, right? But now…not so much.

3.Ghost Dad

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OMG. OMG. OMG. I cannot explain to you how much I love the movie Ghost Dad. I cry ALL the tears every time I watch it. Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is a workaholic widower who is about to land the deal of a lifetime at work, which he hopes will win him a promotion and a company car. After he forgets his daughter Diane’s birthday, he attempts to make it up to her by promising her she can have his car when he secures the deal at work on the coming Thursday. After being persuaded to give the car to his daughter early, Elliot must hail a taxi from work, which is driven by Satanist Curtis Burch (Raynor Scheine), who drives erratically and speeds out of control. Attempting to get the taxi stopped, Elliot announces that he is Satan and commands him to stop the taxi. Shocked to see his “Evil Master”, Burch drives off a bridge and into the river. Basically Bill Cosby dies, but he’s such a great father that he keeps on trying to be a good father even in his death. Heartwarming.

4.Philanthropy (and his love for HBCU’s)

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5.The Death of His Son

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In 1997, Bill Cosby tragically lost his son in a senseless act of violence. Ennis had pulled over on the side of the road to change his tire, and was shot to death by a criminal looking to rob him. Bill began to unravel publicly. He was grief stricken. We felt sorry for him.

6. He Reminds Me of My Father

It feels weird even typing that. Whenever I would see Bill Cosby on TV, I’d think “There goes dad!” My dad and Bill’s public persona were similar in a lot of ways. My dad often gave me lectures on what the Black community needed to do better, he also talked about racism in America a lot. Often offering advice that is invaluable to me today. My dad is funny, he has a PhD., he treated my mother and me like Queens. He’s big on education, he has a couple of ugly sweaters…there are just so many commonalities. Then to suddenly learn that the person who you always compared to your father wasn’t the person that he said he was…I mean, it was hurtful. I felt like I lost a family member, really.

Then I thought of his daughter. I thought of how she must have felt. To learn what her father had been up to. I put myself in her shoes. I assumed that he treated her how my father treated me. I thought about the heartbreak.

So, no. I didn’t want it to be true. I didn’t want to believe that Bill Cosby was and IS capable of all of these things. But one thing I’ve learned about life is, things aren’t always what they seem. That’s a harsh reality that we have to deal with. So it’s almost like we’re mourning the death of Bill Cosby. But what we should lament over most is what he did to those women. THEY are the real victims here. So no matter how fond we were of Mr. Cosby, we MUST acknowledge what he’s done, and we have to know that it’s not OK. Ever.

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2 thoughts on “6 Reasons I Refused to Believe Bill Cosby is a Rapist

  1. He is not a rapist. In a justice system where U.S. citizens are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, the derogatory remarks and horrible accusations do not hesitate to find their way slandering a photo of a blind, old, likely senile Bill Cosby. It’s scary to think that people will just assume someone is a terrible person based on gossip and word of mouth. We forget that there are innocent people serving life in prison. There are many victims of uncontrollable circumstances implicating innocent people of crimes that were unheard of prior. There was a woman that brought Cosby to court and she was deplorable. Cosby treated her like a bitchy ex-girlfriend and that’s all she was. He admitted that he used illegal drugs prior to sex with women, but never once admitted to administering these drugs to unwitting women.

    These accusations are fucked up. Especially for a good man like Bill Cosby. No one had any negative ideas of him beside the fact he’s a bit loopy sometimes. That was one of the reasons to love him, though. You mention the death of his son and the heartbreak he and the world felt for him. Do you remember that Bill showed forgiveness for the man that murdered his only son? Do you remember that he expressed mercy to the one person in his life who undeniably didn’t deserve it? What kind of man is able to drug women one day then show compassion for a person that took away his child? Because that man was a human being and Bill Cosby is the farthest thing from a monster. He was a man that liked to party back in the day and these women are hoping to get a snatch at some cash like the women tried in the civil court case. It’s all very sleazy coming from “rape victims” that seemingly followed this man to his home, his hotel rooms, or just had casual sex while at the party of a common associate. He doesn’t deserve the hate everyone’s throwing at him, even if the accusations were accurate. At least not until he’s been on trial and convicted. (won’t happen) Because it’s not the way America treats others.

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