A PR professional may often tell a celebrity enduring a personal scandal that the best way to get through it is to lean into it. For instance, appearing in a Saturday Night Live sketch making fun of yourself. Or maybe doing a Funny or Die video parodying your mistakes.
But when the scandal is “allegedly” drugging and raping at least 30 women (at last count), maybe it’s not such a good idea to “lean into that,” as Bill Cosby appears to have done during a stand-up performance in Canada.
Apparently, during the show, Bill Cosby said to a woman in the crowd — who some are suggesting was a heckler — that “”You have to be careful about drinking around me.”
"You have to be careful about drinking around me," Cosby just said to a woman in the crowd. Loud gasps from the audience.— Richard Warnica (@richardwarnica) January 9, 2015
Many from the event are backing up the “joke”:
"You have to be careful about drinking around me," Cosby says to somebody who appears to be leaving voluntarily.— Craig Needles (@NeedlesOnNews) January 9, 2015
Nope, nope, nope. That’s not how you lean into it, sir. On the other hand, next time a bus is driving by, maybe lean in to that.