Bill Cosby was raped by the Associated Press, according to Glenn Beck.
The conservative commentator is no stranger to controversy, and this latest comment is sure to kick up a firestorm. Beck is echoing what many fans of Cosby feel since rape allegations began anew against the legendary comedian.
When discussing Cosby’s art collection in a recent interview, in which he was seated next to his wife, the AP brought up the continuing allegations by as many as 13 women that he’d drugged and raped the accusers throughout the course of his career.
“I think you were told — I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but we don’t — I don’t talk about it,” Cosby said.
Following the interview, he thought the camera was off and followed up on that portion of the interview.
“I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” he said, adding that he wasn’t sure if any of his representation had said “it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question with you,” since the AP was “a respected news organization,” Mediaite reports.
This was all the motivation Beck needed to take the ball from another Cosby defender — Rush Limbaugh — and run with it.
“You want to talk about rape? That’s media rape, right there,” Beck said on his Thursday radio show. “You said you would not do that. Since when does your ‘no’ mean ‘yes’? Do you know the definition of ‘no,’ sir? You’ve just raped Bill Cosby. You said you wouldn’t do it. You just did it and then you blamed it on him. My gosh, maybe we should have a lesson on rape.”
The AP contends that they did nothing wrong in airing the segment, stating that “the interview was on record” and “the AP made no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations or to withhold publishing any of his comments at any time.”
Still, Glenn Beck is taking the lead from his viewership here. Since the Bill Cosby rape scandal began anew, I’ve heard some interesting defenses from fans — since this isn’t the first time I’ve written about it — from plausible to the downright bizarre.
One email I received accused the NAACP of being behind the ruination of Bill Cosby since he has “a history of speaking out for personal responsibility and other conservative beliefs,” and that they’re “using white women as accusers to keep their hands clean.”
What do you think about Beck’s comments that Bill Cosby was “raped” by the AP? And do you see a public apology to women’s groups in Glenn Beck’s future?