“Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture…. Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled… This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
These are apparently direct quotes from Phylicia Rashad, taken while speaking to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411.
This, boys and girls, may very well be an excellent opinion. You know what isn’t so excellent, though? The thousands of sexual assault victims who never report the crimes committed against them because they’re far too scared that the rest of us will take the side of the perpetrators and not believe them, the victims.
Sure, there have been cases where reports of rape have, in fact, been false, and an innocent person’s reputation (or life) is ruined because of it. I also believe that the idea of rape is such a vile one that it is natural for many of us to want to believe that it never happened, and we therefore choose to remain in denial over rape claims, especially when they’re made against someone whom we know.
However, when we have no idea if someone is making up rape accusations, and there is no actual evidence that they are, a general rule of thumb would be to not go around publicly bashing them as liars, effectively making it that much more difficult for other future rape victims to call out their attackers. Particularly in situations where the allegations don’t actually have anything to do with you, instead of ranting about nonsense like “legacies” and “orchestrations”, it’d probably be best to just shut the fuck up.