“I’m strong, and I’m gonna stand on my own two feet, and I’m going to tell my side of the story,” the 59-year-old told CNN. “It’s not going to end here.”
It certainly saddens me to see such a comic icon’s image tarnished. I know and thoroughly believe in the concept “innocent until proven guilty” but I can also understand how the powerful among us can get away with things that we common folks simply can’t. It seems there is so much smoke around the Cosby issue for it to be totally false. I can certainly see where a teenage girl would be reluctant to say anything about a famous person abusing her as so many are now accusing him of doing. I hope these things are not true but it is hard to ignore the magnitude of the accusations.
This brings back similar issue from years ago. When Anita Hill, who was and still is a respected college professor came out with accusations against the then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Her accusations of sexual harassment were summarily ignored. People didn’t want to hear about an important person nominated for a lifetime position on the highest court in the land having a dark side. Sadly for all of us Mr. Thomas was approved and now sits on the Supreme Court as by far the least active member ever of that court. He is simply occupying a seat on the very conservative side of the spectrum and nothing more. With or without the harassment issue it was a tragic mistake to allow him to take up a valuable seat on that august body for decades to come.
It is hard to accept that anyone who we might look up to has a dark side but in reality all of us to one degree or another have one. I don’t know if Mr. Cosby will ever admit to any of these past acts? Being a famous celebrity almost always comes with an inflated ego who thinks he has privileges where others don’t. It is extremely difficult for anyone to bring up accusations against someone famous, especially when hard evidence is not immediately available.