Woods vs. Sandusky vs. Cosby
You’re guilty until proven innocent. Perception is reality, that’s the way it is in this world.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few months, you’ve no doubt seen something about Bill Cosby – and whether he did, or did NOT, drug and molest/rape/”whatever” a LOT of women.
Now, before I start in on this topic – I want to say this, and make it VERY clear:
I am in no way defending Cosby. I AM openly saying that I DO NOT know whether he did or didn’t do what he’s being accused of doing to those women.
I want to walk through a few of my biases in this post, and I hope that it’ll start some interesting thoughts churning… maybe.
Let’s take a moment to talk about Tiger Woods’ divorce…
What actually happened the night Tiger Woods wrecked his car isn’t important. The rumor got out that his wife went ballistic on him with a golf club, so that’s what we all probably know and accept as the truth at this point.
Just enjoy this animation reenacting the details of the event (because you don’t care about the language or details of this one either – just like the rest of America)…
Now, my question for you is: “Why? Why don’t we care about the details about of this one?”
I would say that it’s because we all can easily believe the scenario as it’s depicted above. I mean, Tiger is a world famous athlete… Athlete’s are typically known/thought to be unfaithful… Plus, there were cell phone records, right? Yeah. Oops.
“Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky is a convicted serial child molester and retired American football coach. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno.” (Wikipedia)
Now.. I also immediately believed this one. A number of people didn’t, and probably still don’t, as they vehemently defended Sandusky – but I still think they were wrong.
Why? Aside from the guilty verdict, it’s because four MEN came out of the shadows to share their story about how ANOTHER MAN molested them when they were younger. Four.
In my mind, those men had nothing to gain by taking on the personal title of being “Molested Men”… Especially by another man.
The sad part is that I don’t think I’m the only person who feels that way, and was totally swayed by that. NOT TO MENTION there was also a lot of corroborating evidence, documented facts, and admissions from people at various levels of the power structure that allowed Sandusky to do the things he did for so long. So there’s that.
But I digress, now to finally get to Cosby…
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
I haven’t really seen another situation, that was this high profile and divisive, where a guy was basically crucified by public opinion and had his legacy ruined.
To put this in perspective, remember:
- Bill Cosby’s Hollywood star was removed.
- Schools have revoked his honorary degrees.
- “The Cosby Show” has been removed from syndication.
All of this happened WITHOUT him being proven guilty of anything, and BEFORE a single trial has even taken place. This is all based on public opinion.
Now… He’s been accused of something like this before apparently, and the number of women who have said something about it have been high; but, for the record, most of those women have been discredited as lying.
Why would they lie? I don’t know.
And there goes the rub of this post for me. Why the sway in opinion from case-to-case? Why such harsh reactions to Cosby before he’s even been through any due process?
Do I think it had something to do with the rumor that he was working on buying a major network? Maybe. Is it because he’s black? Possibly.
All that I know is that either way, even with them discrediting yet another accuser, the damage is done. Bill is done. He should probably just enjoy the rest of his life, and distance himself from the public eye at this point.
Ultimately, I think that was the purpose (for whatever reason).
Somewhere amidst all of the allegations is the truth, and sadly – we don’t have a time machine to go back to the moments in question and really see what happened.
I don’t think Mr. Cosby is innocent, but I don’t know that he’s guilty either.
I just wish more people would treat this situation that way (and I hope they don’t touch “A Different World”).
Peace, and thanks for reading.