I say hopefully because, while four of these women just made their stories public within the last week, 14 of these accusations first hit the news almost 10 years ago. A former protege of Cosby's filed a civil suit against him in 2005, alleging that he drugged and sexually assaulted her, and 13 other women stepped forward to offer their own stories of assault as anonymous testimony should the case go to trial. However, the suit was ultimately settled out of court, and then America just kind of forgot about the whole thing. Netflix didn't pull any Cosby specials or movies from their catalog. TV Land kept right on airing Cosby Show reruns. The Internet didn't explode with Cosby rape memes.
We live in a culture that loves tearing down celebrities for their criminal behavior, and 2005 isn't exactly a distant spot on the horizon of yesteryear. That was the same year Revenge of the Sith was released, so it's not as if the Internet just hadn't started shitting on people yet. We were more than happy to spread loose change around, but for whatever reason, we just didn't feel the need to stick it to the Coz back then. No, what happened instead was Cosby scuttled back to one of his two mansions to wait for the controversy to die down, and then, impossibly, it did. It may be too early to tell, but that's probably not going to happen this time.
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