Recent allegations against Bill Cosby, a man known for clean and typically expletive-free humor, have brought to light 16 counts of sexual assault.
The comedian, who lit up households with classic jokes such as “chocolate cake for breakfast”, and “Dad, I’m Jesus Christ”, is now being forced down the path seemingly inevitable for all celebrities, one of dark secrets coming to light.
This November, after a series of complaints and allegations, 16 women came forward and said that Bill Cosby had assaulted them sexually. Most of these women admitted that Cosby had drugged (or had attempted to drug) them.
As someone who grew up with her father showing her clips of Cosby’s stand-up, I am not just upset; I am appalled that the man who made me giggle as a child is now making me queasy.
Those involved in the many scandals that have recently come to light are often people who have had a troubling past. Yet, Cosby is the one person I never expected to be a closet rapist.
Cosby, has not addressed the allegations publicly. His lawyer has stated that these “stories […] have escalated far past the point of absurdity.” And while it is understandable to deny the allegations, I can’t help but wonder how truthful they are. There is a strange validity in numbers, and 16 is a shocking one.
This man who brought smiles to millions of faces is now sparking scowls of disgust. And personally, I believe that if these allegations are true, he needs to pay the price for it. Cosby should come forward and admit to all that he has done. His name is already tarnished, and people have stopped looking at him like the man we cherished for years. Coming forward could bring some peace to these women.
As is true for all celebrities, no matter how famous they are, they need to pay for their actions.