In a conversation with resident race-baiter Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC about the sexual assault charge against Bill Cosby, Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux implied that if the embattled comedy legend were to have been known as a supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, he wouldn’t have faced as much criticism.
And I can’t help but to wonder — say Mr. Cosby didn’t have that sort of respectability politics, you know, heavy-handed against single-mothers and complicating sounding names and wearing your pants low and listening to hip-hop. Say that wasn’t who he was. Say that he was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Say that he was a leftist. Say that he was really on our side, quote unquote, politically. Would we be having this conversation? How willing would people be to turn their backs on him?
Harris-Perry pointed to comedian Hannibal Buress’s joke from last year that mocked Cosby’s penchant for encouraging blacks to pull up their pants or to speak properly.
Buress joked, “‘Pull your pants up black people! I was on TV in the ’80s.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
It was video of that joke that went viral and ignited the issue which helped over 40 women to finally come forward and claim to be victims of Cosby’s sexual abuse.
Harris-Perry added that the focus should’ve been on the women’s accusations and not in preserving the “imagined image” of a once-beloved household name.