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The Bill Cosby Thing

cosI love Bill Cosby.  The public persona of him.  Funny, kind, charitable, good to children.  He took a segregated world of us and them and made us we.  He understood that people are people, have children, they act like kids and parents act like parents.  No matter what color you are.

He made a lot of money doing this, and got a doctorate along the way.  And, was a good friend of his co-star in I Spy, Robert Culp.  They spoke every day after they met initially to do the show.   And for the rest of Culp’s life.   Culp taught Cosby about acting and how Hollywood works.

I disagree with Bill Cosby about guns.  His son was murdered.  That could color your view.  I agree with him regarding self-respect and education.

I love his comedy.

As to these allegations that have surfaced.  At first, I was shocked, surprised.  I didn’t want to believe.  I mean, this is BILL COSBY, not Al Sharpton!?

But then I remembered Michael Jackson.  And Bill Clinton.  People in famous and monied positions are easy targets for predators.

And sometimes ARE predators.

Jackson paid some folks off.  Whether it was easier than a trial or simply efficient, I do not know.  Cosby paid some folks off.  Clinton used his power and influence to intimidate folks into silence.

And there was more physical evidence regarding Clinton than Cosby!

Bill Cosby has yet to have his day in court.  And THAT’S what we’re supposed to be about.  Justice.  The women who have come forward (16 17 by this morning’s count) have no physical evidence and have nothing to gain.  Those who allege payment were already paid.  And concerts have been cancelled and reruns excised from TVLand.  The testimonial evidence appears damning, but…

Innocent until proven guilty

I read that somewhere.

Being tried in and by the media is the price of fame.  Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan know this.  So do Bill Clinton and President Obama.

It helps to have them on your side.

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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3 thoughts on “The Bill Cosby Thing

  1. Public persona….yeah, that’s a tricky one.
    We think we know celebrities, but we really don’t.

    Two examples in my own life immediately leapt to mind in reading your post. I’ll start with the more familiar:
    OJ Simpson – I remember right after the murders seeing the news footage and thinking, “They put OJ Simpson in handcuffs? That’s messed up! There’s no way he murdered his wife!”

    The other one was Sinead O’Connor tearing up the picture of the Pope on SNL.
    I was a HUGE fan of hers at the time, but that action shocked and confused me. I quit buying her albums.
    In fact, her career was nearly destroyed over her action. At the time she was treated like a crazy person: railing against a popular (even outside of Catholicism) Pope about some massive cover-up of a plague of pedophile priests. Turns out she was right. Pope John Paul II DID know about the nearly industrial-scale abuse that was going on. And did very little to stop it, instead did his best to keep the scandal hidden and shield the priests, rather than protect children from being raped.

    A real man of God, now on the way to sainthood.

    So, yeah, I try not to be naive about celebrities – of any kind. They are just people, like us. Capable of good or bad.
    And just because we think we know them – we really don’t.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

    Posted by Tomi | November 24, 2014, 8:21 am

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