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Aspire and Centric are not budging…at least not yet.
The television channels have decided they will continue to air reruns of the Cosby Show. Centric, owned by BET confirmed to EW that they will continue to air reruns of the series. In addition to Centric, Aspire, created by Magic Johnson, will also continue to air The Bill Cosby Show on it’s channel. A spokesperson told EW “We continue to closely monitor the situation. Currently the show is still running.”
Both channels reach a total of 72 million homes and target black viewers.
Bill Cosby, the main character of The Cosby Show and The Bill Cosby show has been in the headlines of every newspaper for weeks now. Nine women have accused him of drugging and raping them. Janice Dickinson is among the women accusing him of misusing their trust and assaulting them.
Tvland, Netflix and NBC have all pulled programming related to Cosby.
Just Like She Said: Janice Dickinson Releases Pictures Of Bill Cosby In That Patchwork Robe+ New Victim Steps Forward
Earlier this week, we told you about Janice Dickinson stepping forward once again with her allegations that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in Lake Tahoe back in 1982. And in detailing the story, she recalled that right before she remembers passing out, she watched as Bill Cosby untied the belt of his patchwork robe.
Well, Janice recently sent polaroid pictures from that night to TMZ. And like she says, Cosby is sitting there, in a patchwork robe, talking to someone on the phone.
Judging by the amount of skin you see on his chest and his legs, under the table, I doubt he has a whole lot of clothes on underneath.
Janice told TMZ she took these Polaroids in the hotel room after she took the pill but before she actually blacked out.
Dickinson says she woke up the next morning with semen in between her legs.
The pictures certainly don’t corroborate, without a doubt, Janice’s story of sexual assault. But I certainly find it jarring to see these images after listening to her story.
Several will reference Dickinson’s sexual past, to which she’s admitted, as a reason not to believe her. But perhaps, she took the picture before the assault because she could feel herself slipping away.
Unless that picture reveals something we can’t readily see, we’ll probably never know what happened.
Whatever did happen that night, we can all agree that Cosby, with his wedding ring on his finger, and in this state of undress, shouldn’t have been there.
What do you make of the pictures?
And in other Bill Cosby sexual assault news, poet Nikki Giovanni, seven years ago, spoke openly about Bill Cosby’s penchant for pulling his pants down.
Then, as if all of this weren’t enough, another victim has come forward. 52-year-old Angela Leslie, a former model and actress, spoke the the New York Daily News about her Bill Cosby sexual assault story. And shockingly, her story is much like Barbara Bowman.
Cosby, under the guise of advancing her career, invited her to meet with him. And like Bowman, he told her to pretend like she was drunk and gave her a dark drink to aide her in the exercise. But Leslie said she only pretended to drink it because it was too strong for her.
Afterward, Cosby instructed her to wet her hair. She did so and when she came back into the room, Cosby was in bed.
“He had taken his clothes off. He summoned me over to the bed and I walked over. He proceeded to get some Vaseline lotion and he put my hand on his penis and did the masturbation movements with his hands on mine.”
Leslie said she stood there frozen but then start pulling away from him.
“I felt pretty dirty and disgusted. I really wanted to act and be a dancer in the entertainment industry. After I didn’t go along with what he did, he sort of dismissed me from his room. He didn’t speak to me the next day. I really feel he took away my ability to do what I’ve dreamed of all these years. I was on my way. I did several movies. After I met Cosby, nothing. I feel he should not clip the wings of people with dreams and desires to be in the industry just because he’s in a high position. He should use it to help, if possible. I feel I was hindered by him because I just didn’t go along with what his usual scheme and plan was for women.”
Leslie believes had she drank the whole drink, she would have been raped. She makes the 8th victim to come forward with these allegations.
“I’m coming forward now because I’ve been watching the news and seeing these ladies come forward. Cosby’s not saying anything. He’s not apologizing. He’s pretending that it didn’t happen and it happened. It happened with me. He got my hand, he put it on his penis. It’s something I did not got there for. I did not initiate that kind of action. I want people to know that he’s not the person America thinks that he is.”
UPDATE: Netflix & NBC Cancel Bill Cosby Projects Amid Rape Allegations, Centric Will Continue Airing “Cosby Show”
Update #3: Centric has responded to our inquiry with confirmation that The Cosby Show will continue to air on that network. In fact, according to the schedule, the show is airing back-to-back at the time of this latest update (2pm ET). It’s scheduled to air again this evening at 9:48pm ET for another pair of back-to-back episodes.
UPDATE #2: TV Land has pulled repeats of The Cosby Show due to these allegations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby Show marathons had been planned for the Thanskgiving and Christmas holidays. Centric also has the rights to Cosby Show episodes, but there’s been no word on how they will proceed. MN has been in touch with an inquiry and will provide an update when it’s available.
Amazon and Hulu are still offering the program for streaming. THR says it has been in touch with all of the other syndication outlets and did not receive a response.
THR says the program has had a “healthy life in syndication,” which benefits not just Cosby, but the other actors on the program.
UPDATE #1, November 19: NBC has announced that they have also pulled the sitcom project that they had in the works with Bill Cosby. The network didn’t offer any other details and neither Cosby or his people had any further comment when they were approached by The Huffington Post.
Update by Tonya Garcia
Originally posted the November 19, 2014
How things can change in a matter of day, especially when you’re embroiled in scandal like Bill Cosby. The veteran comedian/actor was all set to release a special via Netflix. And just two days ago, the company said it was sticking with Cosby even after old rape allegations against the sitcom icon resurfaced.
“Bill Cosby 77,” a stand-up performance by the 77-year-old comedian, was scheduled to go live November 28 on Netflix.
The bad press has been adding up for Cosby. First, comedian Hannibal Buress last month called Cosby a rapist onstage. Then Barbara Bowman published a Washington Post op-ed last week restating her past accusations that Cosby raped her when she was 17.
Despite this Netflix still said things were a go-ahead. “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” his lawyer, John P. Schmitt, said in a November 16 statement. “The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”
But now Netflix has announced the special, which celebrates Cosby’s 77th birthday, is on hold, maybe indefinitely, reports BBC. This came following yet more allegations of rape. This time by former model-turned-reality-star Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her after a dinner date in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
The Netflix shelving could lead to more business fallout for Cosby. “Netflix’s move puts more pressure on NBC, which continues to keep its family sitcom starring Cosby in development. It has been announced as being on track for a series launch in summer or fall 2015,” reports Deadline. In the sitcom Cosby is to star as “Jonathan Franklin, a patriarch of a multigenerational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives,” reports Deadline.
With all these sexual abuse allegations flying about, it is doubtful viewers tune in and accept Cosby as a lovable family man. On top of this, it could be difficult for NBC convince advertisers to support the sitcom.
What are your thoughts about the Cosby situation?
Stacey Dash is being Stacey Dash and lending her opinion where nobody really wants it. The Fox host took to Twitter last night to speak out on the Bill Cosby rape allegations which have the media in a frenzy once again. And being typical Stacey Dash, the actress shared an opinion quite opposite of the status quo, writing:
I worked with @BillCosby in ’86 when I was 19. We were alone together many times. He was a perfect gentleman & became a mentor to me.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) November 20, 2014
Though one or two of her followers thanked Stacey for coming to Cosby’s defense, several respondents bashed her for attempting to discredit the mounting number of women who’ve claimed to have been raped at the hands of the comedian. Though it’s not fair to question what Stacey’s experience has been or necessarily judge her for sharing that truth, the 47 year old does have a history of throwing her two cents into the mix just for the sake of attention rather than contributing anything meaningful to the discussion so I think everyone is taking her proclamation with a grain of salt — or dismissing it altogether.
Meanwhile, Raven-Symone, who’s just getting over her own controversy, is asking that she simply be kept out of the mess. After HipHopHangover.com published a story claiming Raven filed molestation charges against her former on-screen grandfather, she was quick to shut down the rumor on Instagram, stating:
I was NOT taking advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!
Honestly, there are enough stories from women vocally claiming to have been taken advantage of by Bill Cosby that salacious gossip like this simply isn’t necessary and further takes attention away from where it should be: the alleged victims and the alleged perpetrator. Unless you fall into either of those categories, it’s probably best you not speak on this matter at all right now.
What do you think about Stacey and Raven’s comments?
I get Dr. Bill Cosby’s silence regarding the resurfacing rape allegations against him. If I were in my 70s, I would want to live out the rest of my life with as little drama and ruckus as possible, and perhaps, being only human, if I were in his shoes, I would respond to the questions about the allegations the same way.
But I am not in his shoes. I am in a very different position. I am a young woman of color who grew up tuning into The Cosby Show weekly, feeling loved and embraced and understood by a family structure that seemed so close to mine in a great many ways but so different in others. I was too young then to give any thought to any allegations. I didn’t understand the severity of such claims. My mind had not yet been open to the gross mistreatment of women who have suffered rape at the hands of any man – but especially at the hands of powerful or beloved men. Without giving it much thought, I believed he could do no wrong. Not Heathcliff Huxtable. Not the jazz enthusiast. Not the tough-loving, baby-delivering father figure who just wanted to eat his sub sandwiches and raise sane children.
As a teen, I dismissed the allegations as some money-hungry woman’s ticket to her 15 minutes of fame. I never once questioned. That is a problem. Not just because I never questioned but because that sort of apathy is all too common even among women. How often do we wonder, “Well, what did she do?” “What is her end-game?” and “She probably just wants his money” when a woman is brave enough to come forward and say that she has been violated by a well-respected man? How often do we victim-blame and never once question the person in question?
We have all fallen into the trap of believing that some of us are infallible. Why is getting angry and mistrusting the victim(s) our normal reaction? What is that bitter root in our society that teaches us to blame the victim before ever even giving a thought to the perpetrator?
As a survivor of sexual assault, I am equal parts disappointed and disgusted. My adoration for Heathcliff Huxtable aside, this cannot be ignored. More than 13 women have been suffering in silence for years. Had I gone to authorities about my sexual assault, I am almost positive I would have faced much more scrutiny than the perpetrator. More than 13 accounts. More than 13 women. It is not out of line to say that at the very least, these allegations deserved an in-depth investigation ages ago.
The alleged victims deserve more than silence from Mr. Cosby. All of his supporters who grew up looking up to him deserve more than his silence. The general Cosby-adoring public needs to put aside their adoration and look at the situation for what it currently is. And as vocal as Dr. Cosby has been about the respectability of Black Americans, this is much more important to speak on. Sexual assault, especially when you are allegedly involved in any way, shape, or form, is serious. It is one of the leading but most underreported crimes, most especially against women. This issue deserves as much of an outcry if not more. Dr. Cosby has made it a point to condemn young people of color who don’t speak or dress appropriately, and he’s done the same to those who give their children names that aren’t easy to pronounce, but it is time, Mr. Cosby, to be open, honest and tell your truth–whatever it is. If not for yourself, but for the women who have come forward and for the great many of us who wait, with bated breath, for your response.
La Truly is a writer, higher education professional, and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.ashleyjh.com.
If you’ve read Janice Dickinson’s autobiography, you may already know that she’s spoken about Bill Cosby sexually assaulting her.
And now that the allegations have resurfaced, and more and more women are coming forward, with similar stories, Janice Dickinson sat down with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier to explain what happened to her back in 1982 with Dr. Cosby.
“In 1982, I was on a job in Bali, in Indonesia. And he called. And the conversation, to the best of my recollection, ‘You need to get to Lake Tahoe because I’ll be performing there and I want to offer you that job we talked about. As well as helping you with a singing career I hear you’re trying to do.’
When I arrived at Lake Tahoe, Bill was performing at the venue and then after dinner, in my room he’d given me wine and a pill. The next morning I woke up and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas. And I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.
Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby…uh…in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.”
Then Janice explains why she’s coming forward, again, to tell this story.
“I’ll tell you why. I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do. It happened to me and this is the true story.”
Good for Janice having the courage to relive what must have been a very traumatic moment in her life. As sad of a commentary as this is, people don’t often believe certain issues are indeed problematic or that people have pure motives for coming forward, until there’s a celebrity’s face attached to it.
You can watch the full piece of her interview in the video below.
Bill Cosby And His Lawyer Speak On Rape Allegations: “The Fact That They Are Being Repeated Does Not Make Them True”
Ever since comedian Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a “rapist” on stage last month, Bill Cosby has taken quite the beating in the court of public opinion. He has cancelled appearances on The Queen Latifah Show, as well as The Late Show With David Letterman recently, and who could forget the fiasco that was Cosby asking fans to make memes of him on Twitter? Also, one of Cosby’s alleged victims, Barbara Bowman, spoke out last week to the Huffington Post Live and had this to say in a piece for The Washington Post:
While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions: Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?
And Cosby had an interview with NPR recently where he was finally asked about those allegations, allegations that weren’t included in his new biography, Cosby, and that he’s never spoke on, aside from denying them in a civil lawsuit against him in 2006. To say the silence was uncomfortable after the question was asked would definitely be an understatement. He didn’t answer, and from there, I guess it was finally time for Cosby’s lawyer to step in. John P. Schmitt took to Cosby’s website to let people know that Cosby will never speak on the allegations, and just because women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, that doesn’t make their claims true. In Schmitt’s eyes, the lawsuit was handled, so they won’t be speaking on the matter again:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
What do you make of the statement?
Uh Oh! Bill Cosby has canceled another TV appearance.
This time around, the 77-year-old comedian/actor has canceled his scheduled appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman”. The appearance, scheduled for November 19th, is the second appearance Cosby has canceled.
Last month, Cosby cancelled an appearance on “The Queen Latifah” show, after multiple reports began to emerge that Cosby was a rapist. A spokesperson from the show stated,
“Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.”
Bill Cosby has been accused of raping and sexual abusing multiple women. In 2006, he settled a civil dispute with one woman. However, multiple new victims have come forward since then. One victim in particular, Barbara Bowman said the following…
Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times.
Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me. But as a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it. I even tried to rationalize it: BillCosby was going to make me a star and this was part of the deal. The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for an industry event. I was staying in aseparatebedroom ofCosby’s hotel suite, but he pinned me down in his own bed while I screamed for help. I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me “a baby” and sent me home to Denver.
Bill Cosby, R.Kelly, Chuck Berry, Ray Rice, Michael Jackson, Tupac, Dr. Dre and Chris Brown have all been accused or found guilty of sexual misconduct or physical violence against women and/or children. Yet most, if not all of these men, continue to have a devoted fan base, and many of the people who admire them are women.
To this day, Bill Cosby is considered one of the most valued men to ever grace the small screen thanks to his role as Heathcliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” This is true despite numerous accusations of rape. Chris Brown continues to have millions of fans who sing his songs and declare themselves #TeamBreezy, many of them young girls and women, even though he battered longtime girlfriend and fellow pop star, Rihanna. Ray Rice knocked his then-fiancée (now wife) out on camera and Baltimore Ravens fans still clamored to defend him to get him back on the field. Women who were fans told reporters, “I absolutely 100% support him.”
So, how do we, as fans, cope with the disgusting behaviors of those in the media who we are fans of and/or glorify? And when do we transition from cheek-turning consumer to apologist? That’s a big question for anyone who’s ever embraced “Bad” or “P.Y.T.” as a personal anthem. Rather than immediately questioning Michael Jackson’s colorful and odd behavior when allegations came out about him, fans determined that the child who slept in Jackson’s bed was lying and that his family was trying to extort the singer. The public questioned, “Who would let their child sleep in bed with a grown man?” Yes, many fans were hopeful believers in the King of Pop and dismissive of the boy, and to this day, those parts of his past are ignored by those who have known and loved Jackson since they were young.
As a rambunctious adolescent, I happily blasted “Dead Wrong” by the Notorious B.I.G. on my Sony Walkman (the portable anti-skip CD player kind), so much so that I wasn’t fully taking in the problematic lyrics that people pointed out to me. I tried to quickly rationalize the song, claiming that “He probably doesn’t believe a word that he’s saying.” And I’ve made similar excuses for other artists, actors and athletes, but I’m starting to feel a way about it…
And the reason why I can not blindly consume certain media like I used to is because I realize that everything we take in affects us. And while I know that “Dead Wrong” has been a favorite of mine in the past, I have to remind myself that problematic music simply isn’t palatable for me, as a woman or a feminist. That music looks to undermine me via content that is often hateful, misogynistic and homophobic at times. Even without content that is abrasive, such as those delivered by the late Notorious B.I.G., I continue to be offended by artists and actors I once revered, who I’ve realized often exhibited, or still exhibit f’ed up behavior. And no matter how lovable the Huxtables still are, I can’t continue to endorse a man who’s been accused of violating women over and over again.
I’ve decided that I’m not going to pay for or entertain anti-woman behavior anymore, which is what I’m doing when I pay for the products and/or art of celebrities whose values don’t align with mine. I don’t want to negotiate away that part of my awareness, but, that’s just me. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. If you can comfortably listen to Dr. Dre, knowing that he once violently attacked a woman and then bragged about it, then do you. But for me, I feel that I’m condoning that behavior each time I bounce my head to any of Dr. Dre’s music or I look to buy one of his overpriced products. Others may not feel that way, which I can respect.
Guilt isn’t the goal here either. Listen to and watch your stars proudly, understand the messages that they’re trying to convey and recognize that while some content or conduct is product of a facade, a lot of it isn’t.
All things considered, I’ve only mentioned black male celebrities in this article, but there are PLENTY of women, as well as non-black artists and entertainers, who betray women with their actions and words, and real dialogue should take place regarding their place in our lives.
Bill Cosby Asks Fans To Make Memes Of Him And It Backfires, As They’re All About Those Rape Allegations
On Monday, Bill Cosby, or someone in his camp who controls his social media account, asked Twitter followers to “meme him.” The link he shared on his Twitter page took people to his personal website, where they could use a meme generator.
Obviously not too familiar with how social media works nowadays, Cosby probably didn’t expect that a majority of the memes wouldn’t be positive. In fact, folks used his signature lines and favorite things (like Jello pudding), to blast the iconic comedian and his past. His past, which includes allegations of rape, was brought back into the spotlight after comedian Hannibal Buress spoke the allegations in his stand-up show in Philly last month. And when he did, a woman from the original case (which was settled out of court in 2006) came forward afterwards to tell her story. So the memes focused on that:
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) November 11, 2014
— Taylor Armosino (@tarmosino) November 10, 2014
— sideshowRaheem (@sideshowRaheem) November 10, 2014
You get the point. Basically, the meme idea was all bad. Whoever controls his Twitter account wound up deleting the tweet, but the memes his camp inadvertently encouraged are still up and will probably exist on the Internet forever. I’m pretty sure somebody is going to get fired for this…