Bill Cosby Broke His Silence To Say He Expects 'Black Media' To Remain Neutral
Despite the mounting sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, the actor, comedian, and former beloved father to millions of Americans remains silent. Accusations against Cosby remained sporadic for close to a decade before comedian Hannibal Burress reignited discussions in a stand-up performance in October of this year. Nearly two months later, the public is now aware of at least two dozen allegations spanning four decades.
However, Cosby recently broke his silence to a reporter for the New York Post. Cosby, 77, did not comment on the allegations, but did ask the 'black media' to remain neutral. "Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind."
Cosby's support in the black media and black public are in contrast to past statements in which he criticized contemporary black culture and told black people to take more responsibility for their choices.
Burress mentioned this potential hypocrisy in his stand-up set that re-sparked public attention to the situation.
"Bill Cosby has the f–king smuggest old black man public persona that I hate," Burress said. "'Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches."
Cosby also claimed his wife Camille remains devoted in the face of the allegations, claiming, "love and the strength of womanhood," keep her emotionally strong.
However, new allegations against Cosby continue to surge, with former model Beverly Johnson writing a scathing account of an encounter with Cosby in the 80s. Johnson penned an op-ed for Vanity Fair in which she claimed Cosby drugged her, but she was eventually able to escape.
"For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible," Johnson wrote. "So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness. But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed."