Despite the isht that continues to hit the fan when it comes to Bill Cosby and these rape allegations, the man is still making his coins traveling around the country–and Canada–doing his standup comedy routine.
Last night, Cosby performed in London, Ontario at the Budweiser Gardens.
Canada’s national press reporter Richard Warnica was live-tweeting the event when some pretty interesting developments occurred.
Before the show, the venue handed out slips of paper warning patrons that “disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in removal, possible legal action and/or banning from the venue.”
But the night took an interesting…and gravely disturbing turn when a woman in the front row got up to get a drink. Cosby, in the middle of his routine, stopped and asked her where she was going. She said to get a drink. And then she asked Cosby if he wanted one. He told her that he already had one, referring to his water bottle, before saying:
“You have to be careful about drinking around me.”
The crowd gasped…and then applauded.
At that point a man in the audience jumped up and screamed, “You are a rapist!” and started walking out of the auditorium. Bill Cosby asked the man to stop and told the crowd to be patient.
Police officers surrounded the man and pulled him from the crowd, arresting him for failing to identify himself. They held him in handcuffs before releasing him a few minutes later.
There are some who will argue that as a comedian Cosby expresses himself through jokes. And that is indeed true. But it’s not only odd, disgusting and inappropriate that he would joke about rape in this way; but also that he would chose a joke, a poor joke, as a way in which to address the very serious nature of these decades-long allegations.
At the very least it’s in poor taste; and at the absolute worst, it represents the attitude of a man who is so arrogant in his dysfunction and destruction that he figures he can get away with it.