At this point, there’s no one left defending Bill Cosby, right? His fans, his past coworkers, even his wife (kinda) aren’t trying to deny what he’s done. If the dozens of women who have spoken out with their stories, Cosby’s own admission from a newly unsealed 2005 deposition should have. Even Whoopi Goldberg, the last impossibly vocal holdout stopped defending him once someone finally explained to her what “statute of limitations” means, thereby destroying her idiotic if-he’s-so-guilty-why-isn’t-he-in-jail? defense.
And now even Barack Obama has felt compelled to speak out. During a press conference about Iran, Obama was asked about the possibility of revoking Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, which George W. Bush awarded him in 2000 for being, you know, such a stand-up guy. There’s a petition going around looking for 100,000 signatures to revoke the medal. Obama started off by saying that it’s his administration’s general policy not to comment on this sort of social issue.
However… he apparently felt this specific situation could be an exception. While he says there’s “no mechanism” in place to revoke the medal, he’s not shying away from condemning what Cosby has done.
I’ll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape