by AARON MEGAR
In recent weeks, rape and molestation allegations against one of America’s favorite comedians, Bill Cosby, have emerged once again after being at rest for nearly a decade.
The allegations, which suggest that Cosby drugged and raped over ten women beginning in the 1970s, were brought to the spotlight after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up act this past October in Philadelphia.
Videos of the act went viral, and in the weeks since, accounts by multiple women have been published in The Washington Post and on the website Hollywood Express, reaffirming stories that were published in Newsweek in February of this year. No criminal charges have been pressed against Cosby, and he has continuously denied all allegations, leaving the allegations unconfirmed and the truth vague.
Click here for Time Magazine‘s full timeline of Cosby’s rape charges.
For those who were previously unaware of these allegations, I’m sure you are as shocked, betrayed, and disgusted as I was. While it is likely that they will never be confirmed, the accusations will certainly tarnish Cosby’s reputation, especially for a man who is at the end of his career and fading from the spotlight that he held so prominently in the 80s and 90s when he starred as Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show.
Bill Cosby was a man that I watched endlessly as a little kid, listening to his stand-up acts because he was one of the few that could make people laugh without the use of obscenity or profanity. To hear that he is an alleged rapist, and to read the graphic descriptions given by multiple victims of when they were as young as 18 years old, has put me in a confused state of mind where I truly do not know what to believe. Upon being asked to write an article about the recent allegations, I began to think of other celebrities who have seen similar accusations and how these accusations, though unconfirmed, effected their reputations.
Specifically, I’ve decided to reflect on the accusations made against and the reputations of Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, and Ben Roethlisberger, using their reputations today to determine how these recent accusations will effect Bill Cosby and his legacy. Continue reading How will Bill Cosby be remembered in wake of recent rape charges? (OPINION)