Hannibal Burrus may have gotten the fame he never received as a comedian after his live rant calling legendary comedian Bill Cosby a “rapist” and complaining about Cosby’s NAACP speech from 2004. While other comedians played the background on the one-sided attack, actor/comedian Faizon Love stepped up to defend Cosby on Saturday, Nov. 22.
Love said in a recent tweet: “Let me be clear, I don’t support rape, but @billcosby has been convicted in the media & that is unjust as well #DueProcess.” He also challenged the loyalty of HBCU students and parents with the tweet: “Mr. Cosby has supported your HBC’s [sic] for years and without a trial or any evidence this is how you repay the man?”
Meanwhile #TeamBillCosby and #TeamCosby are defending their “innocent” opinions either as superfans or supporters of the justice system.
This past week, NBC, TV Land and Netflix all quietly shelved Cosby’s comedy special set to air on Thursday, Nov. 27, after allegations from women accusing Bill Cosby of rape decades ago. Bill Cosby, who filmed the special on his 77th birthday on July 12, also canceled recent plans to visit “Late Show With David Letterman” and “Queen Latifah Show.”
Twitter user PuckerMob has started a petition “Be Cos: Accusations Don’t Prove Guilt! Reinstate Cosby’s TV Shows Until Proof of Wrongdoing is Provided” on Change.org for Netflix to release the special that was originally set to air next week.
Andrea Constand accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her in 2005. Although there were allegations of 13 other women that would’ve been brought forward with this case, Constand was paid an undisclosed amount in 2006 before the trial would’ve happened.
Eight years later, other women are coming forward with claims of sexual abuse from Bill Cosby. None of the cases that go back as far as the early ’80s have any evidence (drug testing, medical examination, police reports or testimonies) to prove any of their rape cases. But numbers are growing and making former Cosby fans believe he’s guilty.
Janice Dickinson, known for sporadic behavior and demanding to be known as the first supermodel on “America’s Next Top Model,” is one of the most well-known of the bunch. Other women who have come forward include former actress Barbara Bowman, Tamara Green and writer Joan Tarshis.
One of Cosby’s lawyers, John P. Schmitt, deemed the accusations as “old and discredited.”
Another lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a public statement: “Janice [Dickinson’s] story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie. There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”
When Raven Symone was lumped into the bunch who had possibly been molested by Cosby, she immediately spoke out on Instagram, stating, “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!”
Her Instagram photo showed a shot of her as a child on Cosby’s most beloved TV sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1992. The rest of the cast from “The Cosby Show” has remained silent on the issue.
Shamontiel is also The Wire Examiner, and for the gladiators, she’s the Scandal Examiner, too.
Follow Shamontiel on Pinterest for all of her latest TV, book, music and movie reviews; photo galleries; entertainment saving tips and other entries, or subscribe to her National African American Entertainment channel at the top of this page. Also, follow her @BlackHealthNews, and follow this Pinterest board to read her celebrity interviews.