Bill Cosby Rumors Gone Wild
Lately there has been a bunch of accusations directed toward comedian Bill Cosby, but I’ve seen very little evidence – actually no evidence to support these accusations. A little bit of research seems to put these accusations in the same league as similar accusations against the Duke Lacrosse players a few years ago. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that most learned anything from that whole ordeal. Cosby has been treated as a criminal, NBC and Netflix both dropped plans for a new Cosby projects, despite the fact that prosecutors investigated the accusations and didn’t find evidence to support charges.
According to a Snopes article debunking the most shocking of accusations against Cosby, many of these rumors first originated from a news release published by a fake-news website names Hip Hop Hangover. Snopes points out that this organization’s own website clearly states: “Hip Hop Hangover is a Gossip parody and satirical publication and for entertainment purposes only.” Doesn’t seem like a very credible source, does it?
In addition to the source’s complete lack of any credibility, Cosby’s co-star Raven Symone responded to the rumors of her abuse with an apparent statement in support of Cosby. She published her public denial of accusations on her official Instagram account:
I was NOT taking [sic] advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!
Symone’s official Twitter account also tweeted a link to her Instagram statement. Despite the public denial, many sites are still echoing the unfounded rumor.
Many people have their own theories concerning the motivation behind these unfounded rumors, but I’m not even going to give it that much thought. Until some real evidence is presented I’ll give Bill Cosby exactly what he deserves: a presumption of innocence until it’s proven otherwise.