"Wednesday evening, police received a call from another victim of the man known only as the Bad Sweater Rapist. The victim reports that the man broke into her home, and through the use of noises and facial expressions, seemed to attempt to command her to do as he instructed, but could not communicate specifics. Frustrated, the Bad Sweater Rapist ran into the woman's kitchen, stole a box of Jell-O Pudding Pops, and escaped through an open window."
You put the roofies in her drink, ya see, and theeen she passes out, ya see, and then you can stick your hemablobin in her flamaferrin. Dooooh!
It's amazing to hear a Hannibal Buress set verbatim from a young woman pulling the very-concerned face, and reporting as if she were telling you about important war developments.
And then they bleeped the foul language, as if they were on network television. There's just something beautifully sad about watching people in their early twenties adopt shitty baby boomer culture.
|infinite zest |
Holy shit. What's depressing is that this is somehow not surprising. But if anything, I was more entangled with celebrities' lives back when the allegations occurred than I am now (so sue me, I worked at a boring store and read US and People all day, nothing.) When I think of Bill Cosby, I think "sort of funny show," "jello," and "kids these days." When I think of Mike Tyson, I think of "rape," "ear biting," and then "the videogame and boxing career." Honestly I think it's kind of cool that Iron Mike's getting a second chance with Mike Tyson Mysteries and cameos in various films: people can fuck up and change their ways instead of a scarlet letter stitched to them the rest of their lives (for context, and I haven't seen an episode yet, but Norm McDonald's pigeon doesn't go easy on the obvious elephant in the room) but I had seriously not heard a peep about these allegations until just now.
Bill Cosby might possibly be a pretty awful person in real life, but lest we not forget that a whole giant segment of black entertainers, especially comedians, have a huge axe to grind with him because of his criticisms of black culture, which factors in pretty mightily to this I think. I'm not saying you have to agree with Cosby, but it's interesting how much character assassination he's had to endure over the past 10 years or so just because of some of the stuff he's said.
My frustration with Cosby has a lot to do with "The Cosby Show", which Cosby intended in large measure to set a good example for black families to follow. And indeed it is a good example ... but it also portrays a household that is pretty far removed from the problems of the people it's supposed to be setting that example for. Money was never a problem for them -- how could it be, with a gynecologist and lawyer in the house? -- and I don't recall the Huxtables ever having to contend with racism, though there was the time little Vanessa was having trouble from the kids at school because her family was "rich". (The mom was careful to assure her that they weren't rich, because they work for their money, but "rich" means that your money works for you. Ladies and gentleman, the 1980s.)
As soon as you preach about how people should live, you become a legitimate target if you fail to live up. Cosby's illegitimate kid is old news, but right there he lost his credibility.
The problem with Cosby is that he puts all of the blame on low-income blacks when there are plenty of white liberals who make excuses for the sort of backwards behavior that he complains about. This is why he's wrong when he says that white people aren't to blame. Well-meaning whites share in the blame because their latent racism ('As a white person, I am in a position of authority over blacks. They need my help. They'll never be able to fend for themselves.') manifests itself in their kid-gloves treatment of blacks.
It seems like Bill Cosby routinely catches more shit than a guy like R. Kelly who also happens to be a pedophile.
For the record, they are both awful people.
Yeah they're two separate entities. I barely watched the show so correct me if I'm wrong: you don't share a timeslot with the Simpsons and expect me to watch the Cosby Show instead and that brings up an interesting analogy: both shows were colorblind. I didn't really notice that the Simpsons were bright yellow any more than I noticed the fact that the Cosbys were black. In contrast, the BILL Cosby Show dealt with inner-city issues and didn't have a laugh track, ostensibly aimed at the youth and its values system. The Cosby Show would've been the same no matter the race or the creed, more-or-less handling the same sitcom hijinks as most white sitcoms. A backlash seemed to come with shows like Martin, Roc and Family Matters, which had more realistic, human living situations (not necessarily a black thing, just a realistic thing) and Fresh Prince, with its huge contrast between ghetto Will Smith and the very rich family, which did allow for some good discussions (the one where they get thrown in jail for driving a fancy car was incredibly powerful.) Anyway, Cosby Show was just a show, and unless you were a huge racist dick, you didn't have a problem with a black family being successful. But the life lesson/role model stuff was more a part of his earlier career: it's much more realistic to tell anyone, regardless of their race, to stick with school, go to college or get a GED if you dropped out, then "I'm a doctor, you can be one too." But hell, maybe it did inspire those who followed his teachings to go to med or law school.
So the rape thing is sort of like finding out that Mr. Rogers or any other person you looked up to had some similar skeletons in the closet, and a person you may have drawn inspiration (or at least laughs) from was doing the things he or she inspired you not to do.
I used to like him for that, but then I realized that that was exactly the problem some black people had with it. That he wasn't trying to speak to black youth as much as pander to old white people.
I mean, really, it's not like if they just pulled their pants up they'd get swept away to top law schools, but it's way easier to make fun of fashion choices than admit most people don't want to do a single thing to help disadvantaged people if it causes even the slightest inconvenience or costs any amount of 'my precious tax dollars'.
|Maggot Brain |
Bill Cosby rapped Hannibal Buress?
dat nigga rich? he raped me den
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