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Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor Too? Why the Latest Sexual Harassment Allegations Are So Unnerving — Steemit

via Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor Too? Why the Latest Sexual Harassment Allegations Are So Unnerving — Steemit

 

Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor Too? Why the Latest Sexual Harassment Allegations Are So Unnerving, When seemingly decent men are exposed as predators, it challenges our faith in humanity.

Reposted from Alternet
By Melanie McFarland / Salon November 10, 2017, 8:51 AM GMT

Photo Credit: DFree / Shutterstock

Notifications buzzing on my phone rarely announce good news these days. The one that grabbed my attention Wednesday afternoon was no different. While putting on my shoes to go out with a friend that ominous shudder grabbed my attention. I retrieved the device from my pocket, swiped the screen to access my e-mail inbox, and . . .

“Oh, man.”

“What?” my friend asked, her face suddenly sagging with dread. “Oh no. What?”

I read her the headline: “Jeffrey Tambor under investigation for sexual harassment by Amazon.”

“Noooo,” she yelled. “No way. Not him.”

I imagine a number of people who saw that headline reacted with similar disbelief and distress largely because of the psychological dissonance between our idea of him, informed by his characters on “Arrested Development” and “Transparent,” and the accusation. George Bluth Sr., as Tambor realizes him, is a hapless, corrupt boob. Not a predator. Maura Pfefferman is a sensitive transgender woman whose emotion is easily bruised. Again, not a predator.

These are characters, and Tambor — an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner — has made a career out of his stellar ability to convince us that he’s something he isn’t. I get that. What roils my guts is the memory of spending time with the man last spring — interviewing him on the phone for more than an hour about his memoir, “Are You Anybody?,” then moderating a live event with him the next day.

Journalists are not supposed to befriend their subjects, and certainly I can’t claim to truly know the man based on two question and answer sessions. However, my mother had passed away a short time before that interview, and although I was functioning, every day still felt like I was walking around with no skin on my body. I did not tell him this. Yet, after the last “thank you” of that phone interview he extended the conversation for another 30 minutes to share his own experiences of internalized inadequacy, loss and the grace of forgiveness.

We’d reprise some of that conversation the next day in front of an audience, where he was self-effacing and easygoing and charming, where he stayed afterward to shake hands and sign autographs. Fished out of the news cycle’s fast and dirty stream I still want to think of it as a healing experience in a year that’s flogged me — and all of us, truly — with biting sorrow and inhumanity and injustice.

This is why I don’t want to believe the allegations against Tambor, and I know that isn’t quite right.

From the viewpoint of how the American justice system is supposed to work, but often does not, we’re supposed to assume the accused is innocent until proven guilty. And Tambor vehemently insists the allegations of impropriety made by his former assistant Van Barnes in a private Facebook post are false.

“I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her,” Tambor said in a statement release on Wednesday. “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”

But will that hold any weight? And should it? You see, the tidal wave created by #MeToo shifts the burden to the accused to prove his innocence, especially among women. That’s why the takedown of Harvey Weinstein, the dethroning of former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, and the career erasure of Kevin Spacey have been satisfying. That’s why the idea that Bill Cosby enjoyed a flourishing career years after the first of his assault accusations began bubbling up, and the fact that he’s still roaming free today, is so aggravating. What little we knew about these men didn’t leave us much reason to root for them. Actors Ed Westwick and Danny Masterson have both been accused of rape, and the details are so heinous that a person can’t help but see guilt.

A preponderance of us have experienced gender-based discrimination, harassment or assault, or are close to people who have. And a pattern has emerged among the many of the victims: their claims have been dismissed or not listened to, and their career opportunities dried up after speaking up. Some have been driven out of the industry entirely.

Or, just as horrifying, they’ve told their stories and watched helplessly as nothing is done about it and, worse, their victimizers continue to rise.

Be careful, those of you inclined to argue that this is, actually, the very definition of a witch hunt. Doing so fails to observe the heinous discriminatory asymmetry fueling actual witch hunts, where countless women were powerless to prove their innocence before a patriarchal judiciary system and died as a result.

The victims coming forward now had long felt disempowered and had nowhere to take their grievances or hope for justice. Stories upon stories tell us of network executives and production bosses and colleagues covering up for aggressors, and human resources departments either doing nothing to help or making the situation worse. Can you blame these men and women for taking their accusations to social media, the town square of 2017? Right now it’s the best chance going for a victim’s voice to be heard.

Simultaneously this also puts people like me, who glued to our gallery seats in this courtroom of horrors, in the position of questioning our past judgment and wrestling with our current feelings. Especially critics, who championed their arts and in some cases, praised their feminism. We may question our judgment and contemplate our culpability (A popular tactic of predators is to use feminism as a cloak to gain women’s trust). Some of you guys know exactly what I’m talking about: Tell me you didn’t want to believe the allegations that have been swirling around Louis C.K. since at least 2012.

“The Good Place” creator Mike Schur didn’t — he admitted as much as he apologized for casting C.K. for a multiple-episode arc in “Parks and Recreation” in 2012. And he’s not the only one. Tell me, “Louie” fans, how many of you continued to purchase tickets to his live shows after 2015, when Gawker made more direct inquiries following up its 2012 blind item? How many of you continued to applaud him when he publicly claimed to empathize with women or spoke lovingly about striving to be a good father to his daughters?

How many of you streamed an old episode of “Louie,” purely for enjoyment, after Tig Notaro recently hinted at impropriety and expressed dismay that he has an executive producer credit on her series?

Also, if you’re like me, you may be wondering how “Better Things” co-creator Pamela Adlon, who partnered with C.K. on the FX show, is feeling right now. Few half-hour series speak to the truth, the beauty, frustrations and triumphs of being a woman with such poignancy and accuracy as that show does.

C.K. has a writing or a co-writing credit on every episode of the current season. On the top rail of the same webpage where the New York Times broke its report that included the on-record accounts of several different women he forced to watch him masturbate is a link to Adlon’s first-person account, “The First Time I Ever Tried a Tampon.”

I’ve interviewed Adlon twice and found her to be a kind, warm, potty-mouthed honest human being. Now, thanks to what Louis C.K. has done I won’t be able watch her show, which airs its second season finale next Thursday, without wondering whether something happened to her too. Is she OK? What did she know about all this?

Even if she had an inkling about his sickness, guess what? I don’t blame her either. A common theme of the stories that have turned up as a part of#MeToo is that we’re the ones who have the most to lose by speaking up.

When scores of women are turning over Hollywood and shaking it hard enough for tens of vile, nightmarish stories of violation to shake free and scurry into the light. Nothing can be discounted. Not even when the good ones get snagged.

When I read the headline to my friend, she echoed my sentiment: “I hope it’s not true.” She met Tambor too, you see, read his book and experience that connection. And hopefully that image we held of him is genuine and his claim of innocence is true — not only because that would mean one fewer victim in all this, but because women like me need the hope offered by the presence of good men, now above all.

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ANITA HILL ON SEXUAL ASSAULT: WE MUST BELIEVE EVERYDAY WOMEN, NOT JUST MOVIE STARS — Steemit

via ANITA HILL ON SEXUAL ASSAULT: WE MUST BELIEVE EVERYDAY WOMEN, NOT JUST MOVIE STARS — Steemit

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Not to diminish this cry of alarm, but all too often when it does come out, especially in Hollyweird or on the political scene, it is being done to bring someone down who did not “follow orders” or offended someone. Sometimes it is used as a distraction from the real deal, like what is happening in other parts of the world. There may be a ground swell of resistance as it relates to what the government is doing or proposing to do. It may be some new discovery of government corruption, organ harvesting or selling of uranium to the Russians. For sure it’s not anything that folks did not already know about in “those circles”.

As Ms. Hill said in this article, everyone already knows about the “casting couch” it comes with the territory. Some people make it off that couch unscathed some are completely destroyed. Some come forth, but most don’t and for various reasons. When this was spinning in the news cycle with Bill Cosby many women came out as well, but again, it was merely a distraction from what we really needed to pay attention to. And that is the cult of Hollyweird and making Bill Cosby the fall guy while the other guys got away with it was patently disingenuous.

However her point is well taken.

Source: http://afropunk.com/2017/11/anita-hill-sexual-assault-must-believe-everyday-women-not-just-movie-stars/

Excerpt:

This seems to be the year that powerful mean enacting sexual violence finally meet some consequences. That certainly wasn’t the case last year, when during the 2016 Presidential campaign, eleven women came forward to accuse Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances, and Access Hollywood tape surfaced showing the soon to be elected Trump boasting about “grabbing” women “by the pussy.” Even still, fifty-three per cent of white female voters cast their ballot for him, consequences be damned.

Read more: http://afropunk.com/2017/11/anita-hill-sexual-assault-must-believe-everyday-women-not-just-movie-stars/

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Corey Feldman ‘Targeted by Death Threats’ After Announcing Project to Expose Hollywood Child Abuse Ring – The Vigilant Citizen

via Corey Feldman ‘Targeted by Death Threats’ After Announcing Project to Expose Hollywood Child Abuse Ring – The Vigilant Citizen

Corey Feldman claims he was almost “run down by two trucks” after confirming plans to bring to light the full extent of Hollywood child abuse.

Former child actor Corey Feldman has been mentioned several times on Vigilant Citizen because he’s been, for years, the most vocal denunciator of child abuse in Hollywood. While he always claimed that several high-powered Hollywood executives are part of a child abuse ring (and that one of them raped his co-star Corey Haim at age 11) Feldman never released any names.

Probably energized by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Feldman recently released plans to expose Hollywood abuse with by directing, producing and self-distributing the “most honest and true depiction of child abuse ever portrayed.” Feldman said on Twitter:

“Right off the bat I can name six names, one of them who’s still very powerful today.”

He also said he can show a link between paedophilia and one of the major studios.

Feldman also started an Indiegogo campaign for $10 million to be used to fund the film, a legal team, and security for himself and his family. Feldman’s wife, Courtney, suggests the money is to ensure their safety after certain events have left him paranoid he’s being targeted.

On October 19th, Feldman tweeted:

“For the record: I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abuser or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so. Also let me add, this is not about fear of being sued! Yes that’s a real possibility but the bigger reason is safety for my family.”

Targeted?

Since Feldman launch his Truth Campaign, Feldman claims that he’s being targeted and his life is being threatened. On October 23rd, he was arrested on a marijuana charge in Louisiana after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding. Feldman believes that the arrest was a shakedown in response to his campaign.

Mangham Police say officers pulled over Feldman’s tour bus for speeding when they found Feldman was driving with a suspended license.

Police say they searched the bus and found marijuana and prescription pills. Feldman was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving with a suspended license. He was able to pay a fine and was released.

On his Twitter page, Feldman said he had nothing on him but was charged because the tour bus is in his name. He said the marijuana was a member of the crew’s, who has a legal California prescription. He also claimed the pills were legal, and officers promised to drop the charges if he could provide proof of prescription.

He claimed the traffic stop was “a bit of a good ol shakedown,” and that officers asked for pictures and autographs after he paid the fine in cash.
– KNOE8, Police release details in Coery Feldman traffic stop

He adds that several members quit his band because they were fearing for their lives, wondering if “someone got to them”.

Finally, Feldman said that he had a “near death experience” when two trucks nearly ran him down.

Will Feldman ever actually spill the beans and expose the system. Feldman says in his video:

“It’s not easy. I’ve been degraded at great levels. Rumours have been told, stories have been made up about me… all because they fear what I know. Justice will be served. Because this is about good and evil.”

The Cosby Saga, Pt 4: June 15, 2017 The Jury Deadlock (VIDEOS)

The Cosby Saga, Pt 4: June 15, 2017 The Jury Deadlock
Excerpt: “NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial is still at an impasse — after some 40 hours of deliberations over four days — but they’re returning Friday for a fifth day of trying to reach a unanimous verdict.
Judge Steven O’Neill sent the seven men and five women of the jury, clearly fatigued, back to the hotel for the night around 9 p.m.; they will return Friday at 9 a.m. to try again.
“Nine o’clock  is long enough to be debating for this day,” O’Neill said, as he sent the jurors off.
Then, curiously, the judge and the attorneys had a private meeting. After a few minutes, they and the  jury returned to the courtroom. Many of the jurors were frowning.
The judge addressed the panel, saying he did not want to “intrude on deliberations,” but “if there is anything you need me to know, you will let the court know….I just want to be clear where we are right now.” O’Neill, like the jury, appeared tired from another 12-hour day.”

Excerpt: “After 30-plus hours of deliberation, jurors in the Bill Cosby criminal sexual assault trial have been instructed by the judge to try again after telling him Thursday morning that they are deadlocked.
In other words, they cannot come to an agreement on a verdict. And in Cosby’s case, jurors told Judge Steven O’Neill at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., that they “cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts.” Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand.
Shortly after reconvening the court upon receiving the jury’s news early Thursday, O’Neill directed them to try again. The news about the deadlock, or lack of consensus, was predicted by some experts as deliberations extended for days.
However, observers also are not surprised by the judge’s latest directions.
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LINKS OF INTEREST

Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC-fs0xPO7U
With Only One Black Person Chosen So Far, Is Racial Bias a Factor In Cosby Jury Selection? – Atlanta Black Star 

Published on Nov 1, 2016 Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s damaging deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial, saying he agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t be charged with a crime. (Nov. 1) https://plus.google.com/+NanaAkosuaBaakanAgyiriwah/posts/EMAykW44C1o Bill Cosby’s daughter, Erinn, talks sexual assault by Mike Tyson; relationship with father.
http://nanas-rants.blogspot.com/2015/07/bill-cosbys-daughter-erinn-talks-sexual.html

   


The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist 
http://www.theinclusionsolution.me/the-buzz-cliff-huxtable-is-not-a-rapist/ THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-central-question-in-the-bill-cosby-criminal-case
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/bill-cosby-sex-abuse-lawsuit-wife-camille-deposition-postponed/
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Caseshttp://www.justjared.com/2016/01/06/bill-cosby-wont-be-charged-in-two-sexual-assault-cases/
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism ‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
http://www.justjared.com/2017/05/16/bill-cosby-gives-first-interview-about-allegation-in-two-years-racism-may-very-well-be-a-factor/
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh and Hurtful’
http://www.justjared.com/2017/04/26/bill-cosbys-daughter-defends-him-calls-rape-allegations-harsh-hurtful/
Bill Cosby must be a nice guy, he didn’t get charged! http://www.politicalstew.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=155785
What is the Spousal Privilege? 
http://www.golawpc.com/blog/2016/04/05/bill-cosby-spousal-privilege/ Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s wife Camille Cosby
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/mother-bill-cosby-accuser-sends-letter-comedian-wife-article-1.2143774
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault investigation
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lapd-search-hefner-estate-bill-cosby-investigation-article-1.2036637
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.https://mediadiversified.org/2015/11/24/no-mrs-mugabe-i-am-not-responsible-for-my-rape/
The Truth About Cosby Sweaters
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-truth-about-cosby-sweaters/
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/us/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-investigation-pennsylvania/index.html
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now” 
http://stuppid.com/bill-cosby-look-alike/
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black Americahttp://www.salon.com/2014/10/29/we_must_abandon_bill_cosby_a_broken_trust_with_women_black_america/
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Televisionhttp://www.indiewire.com/2014/11/what-bill-cosbys-fall-says-about-the-new-age-of-television-67656/
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/bill-cosby-rape-allegations-explained-why-are-these-allegations-coming-out-now-why-didn-t-these-9874326.html
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand http://www.eonline.com/news/852576/bill-cosby-thinks-sexual-assault-allegations-may-be-rooted-in-racism
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses 
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94100&page=1
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007 The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/20/i-warned-you-about-bill-cosby-in-2007
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-cosbys-untold-story-agony-726162

Murder of Ennis Cosby 
https://readtiger.com/wkp/en/Murder_of_Ennis_Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying? January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG 
https://readtiger.com/articles.latimes.com/1997-01-17/news/mn-19493_1_ennis-cosby
Did Bill Cosby Think That He Was Exempt From White Supremacy?http://melanoidnation.org/did-bill-cosby-think-that-he-was-exempt-from-white-supremacy/
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ reduxhttps://newsinsideout.com/2014/12/bill-cosbys-secret-messages-disclosed-mkultra-rape-demon-redux/
Hollywood Zionists Send Message to Bill Cosby by Killing His Only Sonhttps://nodisinfo.com/hollywood-zionists-send-message-to-bill-cosby-by-killing-only-his-son/
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKGdz77jUJo
THE DEVIL AND ROMAN EMPEROR CALIGULA IN THE WHITE HOUSE, DONALD DRUMPF, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, THE RED MASS BLOOD RITUAL, FALLEN ANGELS, DEMONS and SPIRITS
https://mindcontrolblackassassins.com/category/bill-cosby/ http://uvideoplay.com/video/ENNIS-COSBY-DEATH-CERTIFICATE-VideoDownload_UDl1dmJsdzZfc0k.html

Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos  

What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C88zFZkPZAI
Dr. Huxtable no more, Bill Cosby lost persona after 13 rape accusationshttp://thegrio.com/2014/11/12/bill-cosby-rape-accusations/
Over defense objections, Cosby ordered to stand trialhttp://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160525_Cosby_due_in_court_Tuesday_in_criminal_case.html
New book details Bill Cosby’s road to success amid personal tragedy http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/new-book-details-bill-cosby-road-success-personal-tragedy-article-1.1922805
Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument 
http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/06/12/cosby-declines-take-stand-defense-attorney-delivers-2-hour-closing-argument
Cosby trial ends with passionate closing statements: ‘It’s not romantic. It’s criminal.’ 
https://thinkprogress.org/cosby-trial-wrap-up-1fdd57d37889
Cosby supporters ask, ‘Where is the Black community?’ http://www.phillytrib.com/news/cosby-supporters-ask-where-is-the-black-community/article_9d1dbaa8-7768-5462-923d-b680c31f74be.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/06/15/bill-cosby-trial-what-does-deadlock-mean-whats-next/102888090/# https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/06/15/bill-cosby-trial-day-9-anxiety-outside-jury-room-both-sides-wait/102877226/#

The Cosby Saga, Part 2: Last Day of the Cosby Trial (Videos)

Atlanta Black Star Article: Posted June 12, 2017

“Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument”

Excerpt: “NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s trial raced toward a close Monday, June 12, with his lawyer telling the jury that the comedian and the woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her were lovers who had enjoyed secret “romantic interludes.”

Declining to take the stand in his own defense, the 79-year-old TV star left it to his attorney to argue that Cosby’s 2004 sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual. Lawyer Brian McMonagle said in his closing argument that while Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn’t commit a crime.” 
LINKS OF INTEREST

Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
Bill Cosby Moves to Bar Victim Expert From Sex Assault Trial
Published on Nov 1, 2016
Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s damaging
deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial, saying he
agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t be charged with a
crime. (Nov. 1)
The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist
THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Cases
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism
‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh AND;
Hurtful’
What is the Spousal Privilege?
Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s
wife Camille Cosby
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault
investigation
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Television
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder
Murder of Ennis Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying?
January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ redux
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos
What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?
Dr. Huxtable no more, Bill Cosby lost persona after 13 rape accusations
Over defense objections, Cosby ordered to stand trial
New book details Bill Cosby’s road to success amid personal tragedy
Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument
Cosby trial ends with passionate closing statements: ‘It’s not romantic. It’s criminal.’

Is Racial Bias a Factor In Cosby Jury Selection? (Videos)

NB Commentary: Personally, I don’t think it’s about race. I am sure they will be hard pressed to find a jury that either didn’t hear about the allegations or never heard of Bill Cosby. I mean next to Oprah and Barack Obama, what other internationally known Black person have we heard of coming out of Hollywood especially during those days. Not to mention his TV series and commercials. If anything, folks will be more lenient even tolerant or maybe even disbelieving in the allegations due to his notoriety.

It’s about Hollywood, it’s about being a part of the shenanigans that go on in Hollyweird. It’s about how they chose certain folks to be “Super Stars” and how they exploit them once they agree to being chosen. It’s about the promises that are made to them and what they have to do to still be a part of the game. It’s about the parties, the backroom deals, the wine, women and song. And may I add, drugs and other nefarious goings on that happen in Hollyweird. Eddie Murphy said something to the effect, that it’s hard to get out of Hollywood clean.

Back in the day, much of the stuff that went on in Hollyweird was hidden from the public, nowadays, there are a plethora of articles, documents and YouTube videos that tell the story of what happens in Hollywood. Bill Cosby was chosen to play a role and as long as he played that role, he was able to do whatever he did. I strongly believe he decided he didn’t want to play ball anymore. Not sure what ball they threw his way, but for sure, these folks in Hollyweird make you an offer you can’t refuse.. Or you go down and it’s just that simple. It ain’t about race, it’s about the game. If you are gonna be a player, then you gotta play…. Or else.
By  Associated Press  May 24, 2017
Bill Cosby arrives for the second day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — With just one Black person seated among the first 11 jurors chosen for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, defense lawyers are crying foul and accusing prosecutors of trying to systematically keep Blacks off the jury.
The lawyers returned to court on Wednesday in Pittsburgh to pick a 12th juror and six alternates. Cosby arrived Wednesday just before 8 a.m.
For now, Judge Steven O’Neill has rejected the race bias argument.
Prosecutors said race was not a factor in their decision to strike two Black women from the panel this week. They said one was a former Pittsburgh police detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public scandal.
O’Neill pledged to revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, who had accused prosecutors of “a systematic exclusion of African-Americans,” presented statistical evidence to back that up.
The 100 people summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse for juror consideration so far have included 16 people of color. A new jury pool will be summoned on Wednesday.
The jurors selected on Tuesday included a Black woman who said she knew only “basic information” about the case, a young white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police and two people who said they don’t read or watch the news.
The jury now consists of seven men and four women — all but one of them white — in a case that Cosby has said may have racial undertones.
The actor-comedian once known as America’s Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women’s basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual. Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but O’Neill is allowing only one of them to testify at the June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.
Cosby, in an interview last week, said race could be a motivating factor in the accusations against him.
“Race plays a role in every trial, but it shouldn’t eclipse … the evidence,” Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said. “This case is frankly more about gender, celebrity, how women are treated [and] Bill Cosby’s credibility. But race may take a more focused perspective because the defense has [raised it] recently.”
The trial will take place in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. Constand said she went seeking career advice. She said Cosby gave her wine and pills that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his couch. Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long married to wife Camille. Cosby in sworn testimony has said he put his hand down Constand’s pants but said she did not protest.
Cosby has said he does not expect to testify.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.
Cosby was arrested Dec. 30, 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

LINKS OF INTEREST
Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
Bill Cosby Moves to Bar Victim Expert From Sex Assault Trial
Published on Nov 1, 2016
Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s
damaging deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial,
saying he agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t
be charged with a crime. (Nov. 1)
The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist
THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Cases
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism ‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh & Hurtful’
What is the Spousal Privilege?
Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s wife Camille Cosby
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault investigation
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Television
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder
Murder of Ennis Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying?
January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ redux
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos
What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?

The Cosby Saga: Introduction (Videos)

NB Commentary: Bill Cosby is about to be back in the news. After a little over a year or so, the media attention will be focused on him once again. Unless of course they give us something else to focus on. Which is quite likely.

I am going to create a video playlist… and hopefully I won’t get too distracted from this project. But I have written several blogs on this topic and I wish to share my thoughts with you on some of the topics that I covered in my blog.
This is a weird adventure for me because I actually met Bill Cosby. In fact, I have never been given to the star mania, but there were a handful of “stars” who derived the allure from me that most others did not, so when I met him, I was overwhelmed and practically became faint. He had become a household word in my life as a young teenager and young adult. He was a black man that I listened to. His comedy albums were something that you cherished.
Back then to even purchase one album was a sign of having some significant income, not too mention having a library of albums by various artist and entertainers. 
I grew up around the Red Fox, Richard Pryor and several other “foul” mouthed comedians who were only played at adult parties. It was awesome to listen to a black man, make us laugh and be able to do it in the light and around children and family members.
We would sit on our steps on summer nights and mimic his routine. Most of us had never even seen him in person but we knew his albums by heart and we would sound like him at least.
There was one youth on our block who was so funny, before he started mimicking Cosby, that when he added Cosby to his repertoire, he was even more funny and he kept us laughing till we shed tears and other bodily fluids.
So, it is definitely disheartening to have this man, a superstar in our eyes back then and an icon, AKA America’s dad in the eyes of the more contemporary folk.
The great thing about age is that you were there when it happened. And then again, you find out as you get older, that you were not really there on some levels, particularly if they were covering up and had hidden agendas.

All we knew back then was that he was a black man and he was funny as hell and that he didn’t curse and he talked about his life and family to such a degree that we could all relate to it, especially since we were from Philadelphia.
What we did not is the Hollywood drama. We did not know the shenanigans that went on behind the scenes. We were not privy to the real Cosby and what he had to do to become the “icon” or “America’s Dad”. We did not know any of that. And it is so true today, that many folks have no clue of what happens behind the scenes when it comes to the folks they adore, the stars they emulate and even want to be like. They have no clue as to what has to happen to these stars or even what happened to them before they became entertainers.
Today, we have the Internet. In the 50’s and 60’s we had black and white televisions and lp’s and 45’s. We had one or two papers in the neighborhood.  We had Jet Magazine, Sepia and Ebony. There were few publications that catered to the Black community so we got our news from Time, Newsweek, Look and sometimes Reader’s Digest.  None of these publications would talk openly about what went on behind the scenes in Hollywood. And if so, it would be inferred or in fiction form. Every once in a while a brave reporter would go deep into a story and tell all, but still those stories were syndicated and only written in certain news outlets and magazines. In those days we had word of mouth or gossip in some cases about the stars, but if it was about someone we favored, we would blow it off as jealousy.
Nowadays, the wealth of information and the ability to gain more and more of it, is sometimes overwhelming, and while you may want to get your hands on it all, it is virtually impossible to do so, so you have to pick and focus and stay focused.
What I wish to do with this video series is discuss the some many tentacles that are part of the Cosby Saga.
I will start with this article from Atlanta Black Star.

  • Then I will talk about Camille Cosby.
  • Then I want to go to my dream.. I really think that my dream has all the following elements in it.
  • I will address what folks perceive as racism when Bill Cosby was targeted for the “fall” from grace.
  • I will give you all a little history on Bill Cosby, his background and how he came into being the “clean” comedian.
  • I will discuss the “rape” allegations and their implications particularly as it has been such a long time and that the women are coming out now and what media hype it created. I want to talk about the real women and the real “victims” and the reason they may not have said anything when it happened.
  • I want to address the “Cult of Personality” and how we get caught up in it thinking the person we see on screen is really the person and how we don’t realize they are “actors” playing a role.
  • I want to talk about his age and career, and what the implications are if convicted or not.
  • I want to talk about Enis, his son and the mystery still surrounding it.
  • I hope that I can stay focused enough to get through this all.
  • I may throw in another video here and there as I make it through this series.
Links Of Interest
Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
Bill Cosby Moves to Bar Victim Expert From Sex Assault Trial
Published on Nov 1, 2016
Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s
damaging deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial,
saying he agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t
be charged with a crime. (Nov. 1)
The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist
THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Cases
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism ‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh & Hurtful’
What is the Spousal Privilege?
Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s wife Camille Cosby
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault investigation
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Television
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder
Murder of Ennis Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying?
January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ redux
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos
What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?

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