Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Broke Her Silence & Called Out Media Coverage, But Here's What She's Missing
With Bill Cosby's rape accusations in the double digits, Camille Cosby has finally broken her silence on her husband. In a statement published by ABC News, Cosby addressed the allegations against the legendary comedian, and the media treatment of it all. From her statement, which you can read in full below:
She then brings up the UVA campus rape scandal, and the journalistic fallout after Rolling Stone published an article that was far less than thoroughly vetted for veracity.
But Camille Cosby's comparison to the UVA situation hardly holds up — unlike with Sabrina Rubin Erdely's reporting from UVA, many publications have reached out for Cosby's side of the story; he's hardly given it. In fact, Bill Cosby has remained largely silent through all this, speaking only very rarely, like in the small interview with the New York Post's Stacy Brown published Friday. That time around he asked for neutrality from the black media.
Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote a piece in response to that interview, which is even more relevant to Camille Cosby's statement:
Take the case of Vanity Fair publishing an essay by Beverly Johnson recounting an alleged encounter she had with Cosby and accusing him of drugging her: That essay came along with an editor's note that read that "Cosby’s attorneys did not respond to Vanity Fair’s requests for comment." Bustle reached out when comedian Hannibal Buress re-ignited the issue, calling Cosby out in an October show.
As Rosenberg writes:
It's hard to raise all party's voices equally when one voice is remaining very relatively silent. And as Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out — and as Rosenberg quoted in her piece as well — it's not one voice against one voice; it's one voice against at least 25, at this point.
How do you balance that?
You can read Camille Cosby's full statement below: