Thinking About Bill Cosby…

3193542846_741543572eGiven the amount of pushback against the credible stories about Cosby’s behavior, I suspect many people are passing through a fandom version of the stages of grief, including, denial and anger, as we come to terms with Bill Cosby being a wonderfully talented, complex, and flawed human being.

He has seen great success and endured dreadful tragedy. His family life has long been known to be problematic, with estrangements on the home front, and many extramarital affairs.

He is an extremely intelligent man who has taken the kinds of sexual risks that suggest he rejects good judgment in that area of his life for whatever reason.

I place myself, with sadness, on the side of the women who are speaking out. It is horrible to see his name and aspects of his reputation crushed under the weight of all this, but it is unfair to ask these women to remain silent about their trauma.

It’s also clear that if only the first few came forward, they would have likely been dismissed as being all the things they have already been called. There is a tipping point in terms of numbers and the similarity of the accounts. Each woman is speaking out as an act of solidarity, not to destroy him, but to affirm the truth and damage each has lived with in silence for so long because they had no hope of being believed.

Beyond that, he’s lucky he didn’t kill anyone with what sounds like reckless use of powerful drugs. And how was that even necessary when there would have always been plenty of women willing to sleep with him. He hardly had to resort to such subterfuge unless that was a turn-on for him.

I find the account below totally believable, especially in the context of the other narratives. This is not a woman who has anything to gain. Nobody wins, but the truth does matter.

[Image credit: Amanda Freeman’s Photostream]

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