After weeks of remaining dead quiet amid an unprecedented flood of sexual assault allegations, Bill Cosby briefly sprang to life in a fleeting exchange with the New York Post on Friday.
Instead of commenting directly on allegations lodged against him by more than two dozen women over the past four decades, Cosby aimed his comments squarely at the media, specifically those in the black media.
“Let me say this,” he told the paper. “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”
Bill Cosby kinda sorta breaks his silence, plays race card with media: http://t.co/RwiLTgWrOW
— Bijan C. Bayne (@bijancbayne) December 14, 2014
Bill Cosby tells "black media" to "stay neutral." Jingoism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. http://t.co/SsNnh3zThw
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) December 14, 2014
The white media is ruining Bill Cosby according to Bill Cosby. pic.twitter.com/tSX87ITaSR
— Travon Free (@Travon) December 14, 2014
Those same black journalists who you told to pull your pants up?
— Waldo Geraldo Faldo (@paul_fly) December 14, 2014
Cosby — who is being represented by lawyers Martin Singer and John B. Schmitt — added that he’s been advised by his legal team not to talk to the media, according to the paper. That didn’t stop the 77-year-old comedian, who reportedly sounded “upbeat” on the phone, from commenting on how his wife of about 51 years was dealing with the onslaught of negative attention.
“Love and the strength of womanhood,” Cosby told the paper. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
This week, fashion icon Beverly Johnson added her name to the list of women accusing the comedian of assault. In a candid essay published in Vanity Fair, Johnson tells a familiar tale, alleging that Cosby lured her to his home with the promise that she would appear on his network show before drugging her and pulling her down the stairs by her hair.
Johnson also recounted her alleged experience in an interview with ABC News on Friday: