Hannibal Buress Called Bill Cosby a Rapist And Started a Firestorm
Comedian Hannibal Buress performed two shows in Philadelphia last week and criticized native son Bill Cosby for his “smug” attitude toward black people. During the bit, Buress commented on Cosby’s frequent criticism of black youth culture, pointing out that his arguments for young black men to stop sagging their pants becomes less valid when you take into account that Cosby has been accused of sexual assault in the past.
Here’s what you need to know:
-Bill Cosby has partially blamed African-Americans themselves for their place in society. Here’s a quote: “I can’t even talk the way these people talk. Why you ain’t, where you is, who you be…Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads…You will never get any kind of job making a decent living.”
-Cosby has been accused of drugging and assaulting women, though charges have never been filed. Vulture recently published a timeline of abuse charges against Cosby.
Buress has not commented publicly on the matter since the show, though this tweet likely refers to the reaction that stemmed from the bit:
Buress has received a mixture of condemnation and support online.
Cosby has not yet issued a response to Buress. As for Buress’s claim that Googling “Bill Cosby Rape” reveals more results than “Hannibal Buress”? Well, that’s not quite true. Not yet, anyway. Googling Hannibal Buress shows about 639,000 results. “Bill Cosby Rape” — 374,000.
After this story and a few thousand others get published, maybe that will go up.