In what might best be described as a pre-emptive strike, comedian Bill Cosby advised members of the Black press to be objective when it comes to reporting on the rape accusations against him.
While skeptics and supporters alike have been waiting for the “Fat Albert” creator to address the numerous allegations against him, he instead just expressed his expectation of Black journalists.
“Let me say this. I only expect the Black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” the 77 year old told The New York Post.
Some might argue that the media, in general, has been somewhat kind to Bill, who has been accused by 20 women who allege he drugged them before allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact.
One of the latest to accuse Bill is super model Beverly Johnson. The iconic figure recalled an incident in which Bill allegedly drugged her. According to Beverly, she was able to fight him off by calling him names and insulting him. That’s when he put her in a cab and sent her away.
“I was a top model during the ‘70s, a period when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a health spa. I’d had my fun and experimented with my fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and drugged good,” Beverly told Vanity Fair recently.
Bill has yet to address the accusations, but he did take to Twitter in recent weeks to thank Jill Scott and Whoopi Goldberg, both of whom announced they’d be reserving judgment and waiting on more facts before condemning the comedian.
In response to his request for neutrality, daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams promised to continue pressuring Bill to either confirm or deny the allegations.
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