Huh. I normally have zero interest in Jay Leno, but he said something good the other day. Emily Yahr at a Washington Post blog shares the details:
Just a couple of months ago, it seemed like some kind of taboo for high-profile entertainers to address the allegations that Bill Cosby raped dozens of women. But in the past two days, a couple of famous names in the tight-knit world of comedy have broken the silence — and spoken out in support of the women who have come forward.
The most surprising voice may be Jay Leno, the former “Tonight Show” host who essentially spent his entire career on NBC, home of “The Cosby Show.” Leno is also known for avoiding controversy to the point of blandness — but he bluntly discussed the situation and didn’t defend the comedian.
“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” Leno said in a Q&A during a television conference in Miami. “You go to Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.”
But making even more waves is Larry Wilmore, who debuted his new series “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central this week, filling Stephen Colbert’s old time slot. Wilmore devoted most of the second episode to Cosby and did not hold back.
Watching it. He plays a clip from Cosby’s gig in Ontario in which a guy in the audience shouts “Arrogant piece of shit! Rapist!” and Cosby goes “Stop it…Sssh, sssh…That’s all right, no clapping, nothing.” Wilmore responds: “‘Shush shush stop it’?Are you trying to quiet a heckler, or is that your pillow talk?”
“People are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. However, this is the court of public opinion and this is my show, and that [expletive] did it,” Wilmore said.
“To me, it really is a simple case of: Here’s a famous guy who people protected, and because of his fame, nobody wanted to believe it,” Wilmore said. “I think it’s really that simple.”
I have a suspicion this is not a unique event.