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Beverly Johnson Just Killed Any Bullshit Defense You Have Of Bill Cosby

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After reading Beverly Johnson’s first-hand account of how Bill Cosby drugged and attempted to assault her — and please, if you haven’t read it yet, stop reading this and go read it — it’s almost as if Johnson heard every bullshit-ass defense people have argued for Bill Cosby, and said “Fuck this. I’m refuting all of this bullshit right now.

To wit,

To those who think this is a conspiracy to bring a Black man down:

Johnson’s words:

“Still I struggled with how to reveal my big secret, and more importantly, what would people think when and if I did? Would they dismiss me as an angry black woman intent on ruining the image of one of the most revered men in the African American community over the last 40 years? Or would they see my open and honest account of being betrayed by one of the country’s most powerful, influential, and beloved entertainers?

As I wrestled with the idea of telling my story of the day Bill Cosby drugged me with the intention of doing God knows what, the faces of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and countless other brown and black men took residence in my mind.

As if I needed to be reminded. The current plight of the black male was behind my silence when Barbara Bowman came out to tell the horrific details of being drugged and raped by Cosby to the Washington Post in November. And I watched in horror as my longtime friend and fellow model Janice Dickinson was raked over the coals for telling her account of rape at Cosby’s hands.”

To those who asked why some of these women took so long to speak up:

Johnson’s words:

At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife. How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn’t afford that after my costly divorce and on going court fees.”

I really have nothing else to say, because there’s really nothing else to say.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Sincereluv4life

    I feel bad for all of the other actors who’s work on The Cosby Show, A Different World, etc. will forever be tinged because of Cosby’s indiscretions smh.

    • Meridian

      I don’t think so. They aren’t responsible or privy to the actions he does in private. It doesn’t reflect on them or their careers in the slightest.

      • Damon Young

        It doesn’t reflect on them or their careers, but I get the point. All the work those people put into the show will be looked at with a different light because Cosby’s being looked at with a different light.

        • Meridian

          I don’t know. That’s probably true but I just don’t see how or why anyone would connect them to crimes they didn’t commit and had no knowledge of. I give the general public more credit than that, maybe I shouldn’t.

          • Damon Young

            I’m not saying they’ll be connected to the crimes, just that it’ll be hard for many people to watch those shows the same way. No one will blame them for anything Cosby did, but because of Cosby, the work they did while with Cosby could lose some luster.

            • Val

              The Cosby Show much more so than A Different World.

      • Sincereluv4life

        you’re right- I don’t think it will hurt their careers in the future, but it will definitely tinge the past memories of a man they looked up to & thought they knew. If you look on Youtube the Cosby kids are already being harassed by TMZ & the likes about his activities which, like you said, they were not even “responsible [for] or privy to.” It’s just a shame, he thought he was getting away with stuff & didn’t stop to think about how his actions would negatively impact so many people. Even to the point of affecting the residual checks for the people involved with his works.

  • dean

    His wife is submissve you can tell by her demaenor during interviews. Everybody isn’t lying on him. Perv!!!!

  • WELP. There ya have it folks.

  • Charlisia Nwachukwu

    Yeah when nearly 20 people say you did it … you did it. I hate that she felt like she was responsible for the plight of the “black man” so much they she couldn’t tell her story. Never love anyone more than yourself girl.

    • LeeLee

      “Never love anyone more than yourself girl.”

      THIS! My own mother always says to this to me and we need to be telling our young, black girls that as well. We’re always putting everyone else’s feelings, circumstances, and needs before our own.

  • I would encourage those who are dismissive to claims of rape actually sit down with a rape victim and listen to their story while in the same room, looking them in their eyes. I work as a professional counselor and my clients who have been raped or molested are the toughest cases I deal with. The amount of shame and guilt that creates their silence is heartbreaking. I have a young client who was raped by her grandfather and blamed herself for not speaking up sooner after he actually kidnapped another young girl. As if it is the responsibility of a child to bring down a pedophile. Now I know these women were not children at the time, but the same holds true. People in positions of power can abuse their power just as adults do with kids. It’s easy to say what we would or would not do if raped when you’ve never experienced it. And yes, women lie about being raped and they are the worst kind of people. Because they make it harder for actual victims. But saying that if a victim doesn’t come forward and file a report, she’s lying is just as bad as the Republican asshat that said if a woman gets pregnant then it’s not a legitimate rape -_-.

    • Meridian

      I absolutely hear what you’re saying but I honestly would hate for people like that to be in the same room as victims of s*xual assault/abuse. They have NO earthly idea how to handle such a delicate situation and it would cause far more damage than good. No. Victims aren’t experiments for people who can’t quite grasp how this is a reality for women. They’re extensions of perpetrators as far as I’m concerned.

      • I didn’t mean that literally, that would be absolutely traumatizing to the victims. My point was more that it’s easy to watch someone on TV and make little snide comments. It’s a different situation in person. Just like all these internet gangstas……..people are tough behind keyboards knowing good and well they would never say these things to people in person!

        • Meridian

          I agree. Actually being around women affected by this and having an opinion of a news story of affected women are completely different. It still bothers me though because of how common it is to be around someone who has gone through it and you don’t even know. Words should be chosen carefully when dealing with this, even online. People are just horrible sometimes.

    • Rosahn Chandler

      scary thing is there are one or two rape/abuse victims who also choose to dismiss the allegations as some sort of conspiracy. i wish i were making this up. smdh

  • Val

    Believe it or not there are still plenty Black folks all over Facebook defending Cosby even after this. It’s OJ all over again.

    • LadyIbaka

      Jill Scott being one of them. I thought chick had a brain.

      • Jill has said a few “off” things in the past. #Iusedtoloveher

        • LadyIbaka

          Well her defense of a rapist has to be the offest of them all.

          • That ish went beyond “off”. I was disjointed and hokey. I kept waiting for her to mention the #loominnaughty

            • LadyIbaka

              Not even them can save Mr.Cosby

            • Damon Young

              I kept waiting for her to mention the #loominnaughty

              I laughed at this. But yeah, some celebs probably shouldn’t be on Twitter. Jill is one of them.

        • Epsilonicus

          Thank you. Please list a few for the crowd.

        • miss t-lee

          too many.

      • Val

        Jill and Whoopi Goldberg. But Whoopi defends everyone.

        • LadyIbaka

          Lol @Whoopi. Good intentions, misplaced priorities.

        • cakes_and_pies

          Whoopi is the “Actually”person.

          • Aly

            The “actually” person is sooo aggravating.

            • Lea Thrace

              Well actually, it’s the “well actually” person

              I’ll see myself out now. LOL!

              • Aly

                Lol, yup you’re right.

            • cakes_and_pies

              Every time they speak, I instantly reacts like this.

          • PivotTable

            Laughed too hard at this. Whoopi will defend Satan by saying “Well he’s troubled. They kicked him out of heaven. He’s just sad.”

            • Rachmo

              LOL

      • miss t-lee

        We all did.

    • Ms TLC

      Ugh…I have so many family/friends (all women, btw) that I had to “unfollow” because of their indignation that folks were lying trying to being a black man down…

      • Val

        I could see having doubts when it was just one or two women, even three or four but if people are still defending him now, and they aren’t apart of his legal team, there’s a serious problem. Heck, I bet even Camille won’t defend him publicly now.

        • Ms TLC

          Yeah. I think most people had some skepticism, but being dismissive and victim shaming was too much.

          • Meridian

            This. Skepticism and caution are completely understandable. Wanting to handle it the right way for both parties, understandable. Shaming a victim, trying to force them into believing it didn’t happen, dismissing their accounts completely, outright pretending the likelihood of s*xual assault happening doesn’t exist is where it becomes wrong.

            • Ms TLC

              Exactly.

    • Sincereluv4life

      just read jill scott’s comment on twitter:

      “Rape is a despicable, cowardly crime. If you’ve been raped- plz do NOT shower, go to police IMMEDIATELY, have a rap kit done. GET EVIDENCE.”

      #nowordssmh

      • Rachmo

        Yup I’m sure that if a young child is r@ped by a relative they will definitely know to shower and go to the police. Thanks Jill!

    • And quite honestly, perhaps because I was too young, I wasn’t convinced OJ was guilty.

      OJ involved one woman. This is 20 effing women who don’t have any affiliation and who have consistent stories.

      For people to even reference lynching, or conspiracies, or white people indicates a lack of intelligence; like, bruh, you really can’t see the difference between a lynching and this?? And I tend to not concern myself with how individual black people make other black people look, but that apologist ish is embarrassing for the race.

  • Phoenix V Breeze

    I didn’t want to believe the allegations. I cannot do anything but believe Beverly. I’m saddened but the numbers don’t lie and the apparent power he had in Hollywood to our knowledge probably doesn’t hold a candle to the behind the scenes pull he has. We have to break this open for his sake, these women’s sake, and for our sake. Pretending a problem doesn’t exist does not make it disappear.

    • Val

      “…the apparent power he had in Hollywood to our knowledge probably doesn’t hold a candle to the behind the scenes pull he has….”

      True.

  • Tx10inch

    Damn Bill.

    • Val

      I know, right. For some reason Beverly just made this really real.

      • Aly

        I think it’s because we “know” her. We grew up with her, saw her on the cover of magazines. She’s by far the most recognizable person besides Janice Dickinson to come forward.

        • Val

          I think that’s it. The others all sort of blended together. Beverly stands out from the crowd.

        • PivotTable

          I think it’s because we trust Beverly and we don’t trust Janice.

          • Aly

            Yeah, I have to agree unfortunately. Personally I do believe Janice was assaulted, but I can acknowledge that she’s less credible in some people’s eyes.

    • CamCamtheGreat

      I just laughed way too hard at this.

  • LadyIbaka

    Soooo, where are the handcuffs? Or is he too old for jail. Lord, he has put Camille through a lot of bull, unnecessary at that.

    • Val

      It’s too late for jail. He might have to pay more money but that and losing his career is all he’s going to suffer at this point.

      • Paradigm

        You’re right about jail.. but I don’t think Cosby is really losing his career as much as the aura that he had for so long.. Now that is out the window

        • Epsilonicus

          I am hoping that losing that aura though has some sort of effect on his career; especially because he used his career to manipulate these women.

          • Paradigm

            True indeed but he can cash out, never speak to any of these claims, and pick practically any spot on the globe he’d like to be and go there.. He has nothing to work for at this point and it’s a no-win situation to push himself in the spotlight anymore past this tour he’s doing.. He reached retirement age a minute ago and it’s best he go ahead and just enjoy that.. Folks are gonna believe what they want about the man no matter what

    • Sincereluv4life

      I was thinking about poor Camille smh

      • Epsilonicus

        He has women calling their personal line.. no respect whatsoever.

        • Sincereluv4life

          exactly- he was just plain MESSY smh- I can’t believe it took this long for all of this sh*t to hit the fan.

        • Yeah…not that I was doubting he did this stuff, but this shows how reckless he was. That he was running on that level and kept it hidden for years scares the ish out of me.

  • always right

    I’ve been really holding out hope that this man wasn’t a serial rapist but I cannot in good conscience refuse to believe these women. Honestly, why would all of these women lie and what do they have to gain? I’m not going to say that he is guilty but I certainly will not say that he isn’t, and I will say that I think it’s a dangerous thing to discount victims even if they never told anyone. There is a lot to be said about the pain and embarassment of rape. Women don’t report rape because of these issues. Women are raped each day and do not report it because they know they will have to go through people blaming them or scrutinizing their character/sexual history. This is when a man isn’t famous. So just imagine what happens when it’s a famous man. Cosby has been accused before and the prosecutor said he didn’t believe Cosby was innocent but didn’t think he could get a guilty verdict. That not only gives license to Cosby to continue on with his ways but also lets future victims know that they probably won’t get any justice either. This is a horrible situation that I see no happy resolution to anytime soon.

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