Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I, like many others, have been following the buzz around Bill Cosby for the past few days. A few years ago, I remember hearing allegations that “America’s Favorite Dad” had done the unthinkable- he had raped someone. But just as quickly as I had heard about the allegations, they were swept away.
Now it seems that it can no longer but swept under a rug. 15 women have come forward with rape allegations against Cosby. The evidence seems to be mounting so high that Netflix has cancelled his special, a major network called it quits on a new show, and TV Land has pulled pretty much everything with the name Cosby on it. By all accounts it seems to be a PR nightmare. Imagine the nightmare his victims have been living for the last 50 years.
In recent months, we have heard a lot about the “free passes” given to athletes, but what about artists? The concept of “celebrity” is universal. We apply it to athletes, artists, musicians, actors. We let them get away with theft, assault, domestic violence, rape, and murder, all because they can throw a ball, play an instrument, or tell a joke. What happens when we say “He didn’t mean it…” or “But he has such a promising future…”? What happens when we look away?
“I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them. I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.”
What happens when we say “No More“?