During a show in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, comedian Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a rapist in his stand-up routine. And he really, really meant it. Watch the video!
What you may not know about Bill Cosby, 77, is that he has been accused of sexual assault. Like, a lot. (More on that below.) At a stand-up show in Philly on Oct. 16, comedian Hannibal Buress, 31, reminded everyone of Bill’s sordid history in a hilarious bit that is currently making waves in the comedy community. Click to watch!
Hannibal Buress: ‘Bill Cosby Is A Rapist,’ Says Comedian During Stand-Up — Video
Hannibal expressed his incredulity over Cosby’s position as a role model for the black American community, asking his audience if it was thirteen women who accused Bill of sexual assault:
“Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f***ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. ‘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.
“‘I don’t curse on stage!’ Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, sooo... I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherf***ers on Bill Cosby: Himself if you weren’t a rapist.
“I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. I’ve done this bit on stage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. …That sh*t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That sh*t has more results than Hannibal Buress.”
It doesn’t, actually; if you Google “Hannibal Buress,” you get way more results than if you Google “Bill Cosby rape.” Considering that Hannibal’s first comedy album, Hannibal, was released in 2010, a simple Google search is indicative of the huge problem that Hannibal is so frustrated by.
Of course, the overall diminishment and even erasure of sexual assault claims made by women is nothing new in popular culture.
As recently as 2006, Bill settled with a woman named Andrea Constand who accused him in 2005 of sexual assault; her allegations opened the floodgates and various other women stepped forward with claims of their own. A helpful timeline of the accusations made against Bill can be found over at Vulture.
Bill Cosby Biographer Criticized For Omitting Various Rape Allegations
Biographer Mark Whitaker came under fire earlier this year for omitting the various rape allegations made against Bill from his 500-page tome Cosby: His Life And Times, released in September 2014.
In response to the criticism, Mark released the following in a statement to BuzzFeed:
“I was aware of the allegations, but ultimately decided not to include them in my book. I didn’t want to print allegations that I couldn’t confirm independently.In the case of the Shawn Berkes/Autumn Jackson scandal, I managed to do that, based on court records and previously unaired interviews, and as a result I not only write about that case at length but advance the ball with fresh reporting. In the case of the other allegations, however, there were no independent witnesses and no definitive court findings, which did not meet my journalistic or legal standard for including in the biography.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Hannibal’s bit about Bill Cosby? Funny, or out of order? Let us know! (Also, sorry, Hannibal! We know that all this press attention from various outlets means that you probably have to cut this bit from your act.)
— Amanda Michelle Steiner