Editorial by Chris Stevenson
Supermodel/actress/entrepreneur Beverly Johnson came out recently with some allegations about comedian/actor William H. Cosby Jr.
It’s getting mixed reviews, no middle ground here; especially as evidenced in a post regarding the issue on a Buffalo Facebook page.
You see, Bev is one of us, and many of us know her, or have met her.
So, for the most part our admiration of her has been based on the fact that, even though she has gone to Hollywood, she never went Hollywood on us.
And, if she’s telling the truth, I think, because it was Cosby (Sands Hotel Cosby, “I Spy” Cosby, Clean Joke-Comedian Cosby, Electric Company Cosby, Fat Albert Cosby, Cliff Huxtable Cosby, and “Little Bill” Cosby), she had much higher expectations of him.
BJ has money, and has been a part of Hollywood forever.
She knows all the dirt, and probably where the dead bodies are.
If it were Suge Knight, David Ruffin, Mike Tyson or even James Brown; she could have seen their devil’s horns from 10 miles away, and probably wouldn’t have even bothered.
Or, even if they’d tried something, she’d probably have kept quiet about it, because no one would have been surprised.
But, this was Cosby; America’s dad.
Hollywood doesn’t have a two-witness rule like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and they don’t have a united religious order like the Catholics (one that moves victims, or perverted priests, around).
Gossip is cheap, but so are sexual assault kits.
Johnson’s account may sound plausible, but nothing has been written in stone.
Like I told a lady weeks ago, show me the sexual assault kit.
A sexual assault kit should have been a simple request.
But, what hasn’t been easy to swallow, has been the conspiracy theories, and the timing of them.
One of my friends messaged me on Facebook: “Police get caught whipping our ass, and killing us, on tape… Then suddenly Bill’s a rapist, or pill-sneaking at best!!!! Maybe even true… Right now ain’t the time… White America very SNEAKY. Do we have the time to worry about who put a Mickey in your drink back in 1965, 1972, 1977, 1986? And, excuse me, how could a black get away with raping all these women back in the 1960s, and they were petrified, and we still singing, “We shall overcome…” Now, flash forward; Beverly Johnson a cherry on top of the diabolical sundae ice cream.”
I think it can be safely assumed much of those would be the words of many.
And, others have been citing the full version of the Ray Rice video being exposed shortly after the Brown shooting; the one showing the footage inside the elevator where he was shown punching her, then she hit the deck unconscious.
These proponents have said the Ferguson talk experienced a slowdown once that reel had been released.
Of course, the actual Rice incident took place last February.
In addition, while we were busy heaping hot coals on either Cosby, or his Cosby-girls, another recent phenomenon, #CrimingWhileWhite, has gone viral; while being virtually ignored by blacks, in the wake of the Wilson and Pantaleo grand jury decisions.
During this phenomenon, while the sons and daughters of white parents have been out-and-about driving, or attending events, they’ve immediately Tweeted the outcome of their markedly-less-than-hostile encounters with the police while breaking the law, because they know they’ve just done something African Americans would not have gotten away with.
Aside from the fact that some blacks have been offended by this, and dismissed the white youth as boasting (they weren’t; they’d just come to a realization, and raised objections to it); I’ve seen it as a trump card we shouldn’t be so quick to toss out the window.
Let those kids continue on with their “criming while white” tales.
And, others have noted the almost complete elimination of dialogue which would demand bringing the murderers of US Army private first class (PFC) LaVena Johnson to justice.
In my opinion, this has been one of the most in-your-face examples of major-media complicity, and distraction, I have ever seen, because the networks, and all the big talk shows and investigative shows, know they could easily devote their budgets towards finding her killer(s), but haven’t.
By now, with dozens of female accusers, you would think the probability of evidence would have increased with the rise in numbers.
However, returning to Cosby, the fact that some of these women, like Beverly and her highly-vocal and obnoxious friend Janice Dickinson, could have kept themselves silent regarding Cosby’s alleged rape, or attempted rape for decades, while they’ve been complaining about just about everything else, almost defies the laws of physics.
Assuming it were true that Cosby had done the things these women have been accusing him of, as I’ve hinted before; it would show a disturbing side of him that would almost surpass the acts of the rapes themselves.
It would also reveal an element exists out there which may be even more evil and powerful, by far, than Bill.
That would be whatever powerful entity has been protecting his image, but has not been powerful enough, or willing enough, to let him buy NBC.
Let’s face it, how could it be that a black comedian has persevered through a scandal, while living on the same planet, at the same time, as Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson, or Herman Caine?
What in the Hell would have been so special about Bill?
Essentially just a guy who tells jokes; he’s been a TV star since the 60s, but he’s been accused of committing rape during the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and, basically, none of them said anything until 2004.
You know, 40 years, 30 years, 20 years have gone by, and they’ve just been like, “Oh yeah, I almost forgot, by the way Bill Cosby raped me, drugged me, felt me up.”
Some of them have even been even white!
Yes, Bill had been rich back in the 60s and 70s, but not wealthy.
He’d had millions, maybe tens of millions, but not hundreds of millions, or a billion or two, like he probably has today.
So, there may be the possibility of a conspiracy.
In fact, let’s call it Operation NBC, for No Bill Cosby.
First of all, there is no such animal as an untouchable black man.
We have seen not even the president has had that distinction.
There may be, however, women who have been persuaded, in one way or another to go against him, and bear false witness.
The same guy who said, during that same year of 2004, “We cannot blame white people any longer,” has now probably lost some money due to some powerful white people finding some women to blame him.
Last Nov. 15, a model said she was contacted by a casting agent through her photographer.
According to the unidentified woman, this was during the summer of 82.
“I was offered $15,000 cash to discredit and ruin Bill Cosby’s good name,” she stated. “I’m convinced that all the women coming forward have been paid-off to discredit Bill Cosby as well. Why? He is simply too powerful, his intentions is to empower people of color and his net worth would weaken any man.”
What she seems to be implying here is that, in spite of the criticism by many blacks for what has now become known as the Ghettos-burgh Address, or, aka his speech at a May 2004 event to commemorate the 50th anniversary Brown v. Board of Education, the people who have been behind those asking her to discredit Cosby may fear that one day those blacks who may currently be manifesting the behaviors he addressed will begin listening to him.
That, in itself, would say so much about the forces behind racism.
The model then described the men who had been sent to talk to her.
“I was told to meet the client at the Ritz Carlton for lunch in New York,” she stated. “This client wanted to talk about a film project. I arrived at the Ritz Carlton at 11:30 a.m. Two male clients arrived, a Caucasian male (late 30s), and an Asian male (early 50s). They indicated I’d be perfect for a film project. I was told the project paid $5,000 cash for a modeling job. The job was to meet Bill Cosby, and to try to seduce him; it would be part of the script. I was confused by this job request. They told me I would be recording the session to see if I was successful and believable. My response to them was I would like to meet Mr. Cosby first, and discuss the script. They said no, it wasn’t necessary to meet him. They said it was a spontaneous casting call. I have never in my life heard of a spontaneous casting call.
The sister said she immediately turned down the job, but they weren’t taking no for an answer.
The Asian then offered $10,000 cash up front, and an additional $5,000 for the delivery of some seductive photos, and some of his DNA.
“I was in shock when they asked,” she stated.
She turned them down, stating that even in the compromising world of modeling; it had been a strange request.
It had also been a rare, firsthand experience with a conspiracy which did not escape her acknowledgement, as it may have some others:
“I also realized that America has a history of oppressing, killing and destroying successful and poor people of color. I wasn’t going to send this letter to FYM (Free Your Mind), but the media lynching of one of our global icons (Bill Cosby), is simply unacceptable.”
Consider any black entertainer reaching the top level of excellence in his field, while maintaining some significant degree of independent thought, to become a target at some point.
Space won’t permit me to put it to you in the form of a question, like Geraldo, Nancy Grace, and those people do.
Anything past the mark most black entertainers have aimed for is learning the business beyond singing, dancing, acting, playing an instrument, telling jokes, or even being an ordinary producer.
And, beware of any whites, rich or poor, who may want you to believe something about blacks, on their word alone; especially when it involves serious criminal activity.
Of course, there have been blacks who have done the same thing, but there’s been a difference.
Rarely have blacks slandered whites.
Just as with crime, blacks have been the best at lying on each other.
It has been psychological warfare for whites to lie on blacks; it is one-upmanship for blacks to lie on other blacks.
What is far more sinful to the powerful/wealthy white man, beyond just speaking about his industry being racist (as much as he hates even that)?
It’s wanting to own the very vehicle that’s controlled and paid them, when you’re black.
Paul Robeson, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, George Clinton, Ronald Isley, Prince, and the biggest example of this, Michael Jackson, have all crossed the line, which made them a threat.
This wasn’t a direct threat to wealthy whites; they were in no danger whatsoever.
Cosby, and those preceding him, have simply been threatening to show black consumers how it’s done.
These have been some of the black icons viewed as having as much knowledge of their entertainment industry as many of the white powerbrokers who have long owned or controlled these industries.
How could powerful media continue pitching Elvis, and the Beatles, as being the greatest, while Michael owned both groups’ master-tapes, and then at least a third of Sony Records?
White people stopped dancing, and started investigating and scandalizing, quick.
If Cosby is guilty, I have no problem seeing him prosecuted.
However, “if” is a big word.
Bill Cosby announced he wanted to buy NBC from General Electric.
All of a sudden, to them, he was no longer a very funny fellow.
Yes, black men, you can be good, even great, and sometimes even the greatest.
Just don’t try and own our stuff.
So, let’s consider the possibility what Dr. Bill Cosby has been going through is something a lot of today’s blacks have denied ever existed with white America ,if we are to believe that anonymous Wilhelmina Model.
She sounds at least equally as plausible as Beverly.
Truth be told, I met Beverly long ago, when she returned to visit Buffalo, and got a chance to interview her for a national magazine called “About Time.”
In fact, I recall meeting both Bev, and her mom.
I say that because the mother seemed very strong, and obviously that’s where BJ gets it from.
Neither one of them had exactly come off as victims.
So, who, then, is that woman who swigs down a couple hits of spiked-cappuccino from Cosby, has the strong will to still stay conscious long enough to call him names several times, remember it the next day; but refuses to put him on blast?
Younger Bev, in her heyday, had more clout than Anita Hill, and likely would have had the ear of all the major networks.
Yes, Bill had a number one show.
He was still black.
The Cosby Show would have come to a screeching halt.
As a result, the scenario Beverley wants us to buy into doesn’t match who many of us think she may have been.
Therefore, is her accusation just a simple favor she’s calling in to her longtime friend Dickinson, or some other powerful show-business investor?
Could a strong black woman really keep her mouth shut for so long about such a narrow escape from an attempted rape?
All of these women didn’t just get violated by Cosby, and decide suddenly to come forward with similar-sounding stories, and no forensics.
We have been forced to look at powers behind the women, whether we like it or not, even if all the women have been telling the truth.
1-Because even if guilty, the timing is racist.
2-Because it could happen to any of us, our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
3-Whoever’s black, and a budding genius, in some industry, or any black boy or girl who has dreams to fly beyond our ghetto-comprehension, stands to get character-assassinated in the future.
Cosby has been a threat because of his potential to wake blacks up from the poor attitudes which lead to unproductive-to-destructive behaviors in the black community.
It doesn’t matter if some, or many, of us are upset with him about this; the attack on him is a message to all of us.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the comment link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.