On Bill Cosby

Whatever the truth is, it’s amazing how people who say things that liberals disagree with have a much harder time with situations like this. Steven Hayward says it well on PowerLine:

Actually I think the whole racial angle on Cosby should be turned on its head: How come Roman Polanski’s film career wasn’t ended after a conviction for rape? Or Woody Allen’s career after the facts of his behavior emerged? And if we’re now going to end careers over old charges, can Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey now get their due against Bill Clinton, whose sexual assaults didn’t end his career. To the contrary, he is honored as if he were the Dr. Huxtable of politics. The double standard here is obvious: if you’re a powerful (liberal) white man, you can survive being a rapist.

What exactly did Cosby say to get kicked out of the Polanski/Allen/Clinton Lovable Rapist Club? Hayward quotes comedian Hannibal Buress on the subject:

“He gets on TV, ‘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 turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

So, yeah, Cosby says that black people have the same responsibilities as white people to respect themselves, dress like a grown-up, and speak English properly. That means he needs to “turn the crazy down,” and we’re supposed to revel in his downfall. That seems appropriate and constructive for everybody.

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