These days, defending Bill Cosby — accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women — can be a dangerous endeavor. Those who do or even who appear to — wife Camille Cosby, “Cosby Show” co-star Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” — are routinely shamed on social media, often forced to 1) explain why they were misquoted or 2) change their positions entirely.
Add to this list comedian Damon Wayans. In an interview last week with the New York City radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Wayans defended Cosby. Among his comments:
“I don’t believe he was raping. I think he was in relationships with all of them.”
“If you listen to them talk, they go: ‘Well, the first time.’ The first time? B—-, how many times did it happen?”
“Some of them, really, is un-rapeable. I look at them and go, ‘No, you don’t want that.'”
“I understand fame. I’ve lived it. Women will throw themselves at you. They just want to be in your presence.”
“If it was my daughter, then I would have killed Bill Cosby. But sitting back looking at it, I think it’s a money hustle.”
Wayans also said that Cosby’s real crime was “criticizing young black men.” The elder comedian has been an outspoken critic of the black community for more than a decade, speaking about the need for parents to take a more active role in their children’s lives.
“He lost us,” Wayans said. “And so we’re not supporting him. And they see that opening. And you know what? Attack him, kill him.”
Wayans also compared the way Cosby had been treated with the cases of Woody Allen, accused of molesting Dylan Farrow, and Stephen Collins, the star of “Seventh Heaven” who admitted to abusing young girls. Wayans pointed out that Allen’s career has not suffered, and “Seventh Heaven” is still in syndication.
Wayans also questioned whether Hannibal Buress — the comedian whose viral bit on Cosby is widely credited with reviving allegations against the TV icon— is “ready for prime time.”
“I wouldn’t want to be someone to take down my hero,” Wayans said. “I think that we need heroes, and I think that we need to be more supportive until we know for sure, for sure, because ain’t no charges against [Cosby]. Innocent until proven guilty.”
Wayans was quickly excoriated.
“On your twisted scale of 1-10, just how attractive must a woman be to be rape-able, Mr. Wayans?” Kirsten West Savali of the Root wrote in one representative comment.
Responding to the backlash, Wayans posted a short clip from the interview of Twitter.
“For anyone who was raped by Bill Cosby, I’m sorry, and I hope you get justice,” Wayans said in the clip.
“Stop twisting my words,” he wrote. “Watch the entire interview before u condemn me!”
But in context, Wayans’s comments appeared much less sympathetic to Cosby’s alleged victims.
“For anyone who was raped by Bill Cosby, I’m sorry, and I hope you get justice,” he said. Then: “You other b——, look: ‘He gave me two pills.’ He wasn’t a doctor back then when he gave them two pills. That was the drug of choice … people do that to get in the mood, you know?”
On the truth of the allegations against Cosby, Wayans concluded: “I can’t believe it.”
The full clip can be seen on YouTube here.