Comedian and SNL cast member Kenan Thompson spoke openly at the University of Pittsburgh last night about his odd experiences with Bill Cosby, with whom he worked while filming the live action version of Fat Albert (produced by Cosby).
According to the student newspaper Pittnews, Thompson discussed a range of topics:
Thompson talked about social issues in addition to his marijuana use, including Bill Cosby’s transformation from one of Thompson’s comedy inspirations into what he called a “monster” after a series of sexual assault allegations emerged against him. But Thompson kept it light by doing his renowned Cosby impression.
A Redditor who claims to be a student at the school and to have attended the event elaborated:
So like, he started by talking about actually not getting the role of Fat Albert, but it then went into development hell for two years. After (or during, I can’t remember) his first season of SNL, he got the gig. He then talked about an odd remark Cosby made to him while filming, something like, “So Cosby pulled me aside and said that after the movie comes out, it’ll be so hard to keep the women off you, you’ll need two dicks.” And then he brought, like, his mom to see Cosby and he was creepy and bounced her on his lap and said something about horse riding like a kiddie.
Kenan got pretty real and just talked about what it feels like to have someone go from so commonly liked to being a piece of shit. He, like so many others, noticed kind of odd behavior awhile ago and just never put it all together. He said he wished someone had a recording or something so the guy can go to jail.
Allegations of Cosby being a sexual predator have been floating around for years now, but seem to have reached a boiling point last year after an offhand joke by the comedian Hannibal Buress during a stand-up routine about Cosby’s purported habit of drugging women.
Many who have worked with Cosby have defended him or refused to speak about the allegations, and as supermodel and Cosby accuser Beverly Johnson describes feeling, there seems to be an element of reluctance to contribute to the downfall of an inspiring figure in the Black community:
In fact, as I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”
It’s an understandable sentiment from those who know all too well how Black people hardly get the benefit of the doubt. But powerful men do. Rich men do. Rapists, of all colors, do.
The responsibility of upholding the image of Black excellence should not fall solely on the shoulders of our women (and yes, many Black women also claim to be victims of Cosby), especially when they are being victimized by Black men. It is much more the responsibility of Cosby, who has shown himself to be at least a very creepy admitted adulterer who really likes to blame Black people for their struggles, to uphold his own image. So it’s refreshing to see another Black celebrity willing to call him out and show what Black manhood should really look like.
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