Though his attorneys have issues multiple denials, and though Bill Cosby continues to appear at public events (and even tour), he has yet to really speak to the multiple, multiple rape accusations that have been levelled against him over the last several months, as women have surfaced from decades back to bravely tell their stories.
Finally, Cosby himself has responded in an interview with Good Morning America this morning, although his response is either deflective, incoherent, or both. Asked about the barrage of rape allegations against him, Cosby responded:
“I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “Reality is the situation. And I can’t speak.”
Cosby was speaking with, and on behalf of the Black Belt Foundation, which is working to bring awareness to problems in Alabama’s underfunded school system. Cosby has been travelling the state and speaking with high-school students.
He expanded a little more when asked if he thinks people will come forward and ask him about the allegations. Cosby stressed that the message — not the person — should be the focus.
“I am prepared to tell this young person about life…I think that many of them say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite,” he said of his critics. “My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully, I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where as you’re driving you’re going to go into water and it looks like it may only be three inches but you and your car are going to go here. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?’”
So, uh, that’s a yes? You did rape those women?
And what about Cosby’s legacy, GMA asked:
“I really know about what I’m going to do tomorrow,” he said. “I have a ton of ideas to put on television about people and their love for each other.”
I’m sure that television networks are lined up around the corner to put his ideas about people and their love for each other on their networks.