Malcolm-Jamal Warner starred alongside his mentor Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show, but the actor has nothing but kind words to say for his television father. Obviously he can’t comment on the rape allegations as a whole, because he apparently wasn’t aware of anything going on, but he did offer the legendary (and now disgraced) comedian some good words.
Warner said that it’s “painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”
He continued, “I can’t really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there. The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That’s the Bill Cosby I know. I can’t speak on the other stuff.”
He went on to say, “He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”
Larry Wilmore said on his new show The Nightly Show, “Why aren’t people listening to these women? Is it because most of this allegedly happened so long ago? Is it because some of them went into Cosby’s hotel room alone? Is it because he’s so famous? Or is it just because they’re women? Because I would say enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 women. Really, folks, how many more do we need?”
Does Wilmore have a point? Or do you think that 35 women would have to come together to make up completely different depictions of the same heinous acts over and over? Hit the comments and let us know your thoughts!