It takes courage to stand up to a man as powerful as Bill Cosby, where women still defend him, after over 30-plus women have come out to accuse him of sexual misconduct, something the industry has heard for over five decades. But late-night host Larry Wilmore explains the genesis of his dislike of Bill Cosby.
Much like Jay Leno, who blasted Cosby and his supporters, saying, “It takes two women in Saudi Arabia to be listened to or believed when they say a man raped them. In this country, it takes 25.” Roseanne Barr points out, people in Hollywood always knew this side of Cosby, and added, “It took a man speaking out before the media even cared.”
“He was never a hero of mine. I liked Cosby, but I have a different relationship with him than a lot of people because I didn’t grow up on The Cosby Show. I grew up on I Spy and Chet Kincaid. I remember in the late ’70s, early ’80s, my mom met Bill Cosby down in San Diego at this tennis tournament. She came back and said, “We asked him for his autograph, and he was so mean, so nasty. He said, ‘I don’t do that.’ ” I was like, “Man, what an asshole.” My opinion of Cosby at that point was like, “What a jerk.” I never even watched The Cosby Show. I always thought, “That’s great that that show is on,” but about him I was like, “Whatever, Cosby.” Richard Pryor was my hero. Richard Pryor was keeping it 100 [percent real].”
Good for Mr. Wilmore, who has been an advocate for women’s rights on his show. Highlight Hollywood will always advocate for alleged victims, women and children and our troops. So, if that’s a problem, see you later!
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