This afternoon, the man formerly known as America’s dad, Bill Cosby, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill sentenced the 81-year-old and said, “It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come.”
There have been a variety of reactions on social media, some arguing he is being targeted because he is Black man, others saying the focus should be on the victims. However, Jemele Hill might have said it best when she wrote on Twitter, “Sure, I mourn the idea of Cosby — as in the TV show that made me want to attend a black college and heightened the importance of a black family. But my mom is a rape survivor and I survived a rape attempt as a preteen. I have negative fucks about what happens to Cosby.”
She continued, “There is great imbalance in our criminal justice system. We know this. But your position can’t be, because Cosby is black, he should get the right to rape without repercussions like a white dude. Trash position.”
See more reactions below:
If you feel sorry for #BillCosby, keep walking past my mentions or expect an auto-block.— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 25, 2018
SEVENTY women of all races accused him of rape over 40yrs.
He finally got convicted of ONE.
FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THE WOMEN WHOSE LIVES HE DAMAGED.
Read about THEM herehttps://t.co/CMPbGOxiE7
All I have to say is the same punishment needs to apply for all. If Bill Cosby is going to prison, so does:— Brandon Fluellen (@BMFluellen1) September 25, 2018
And the countless other sexual deviants too. pic.twitter.com/sk8gClRi9h
Bill Cosby is no different than the Catholic Church-claiming Moral Authority in Public Space while committing the WORST abuses & betrayals of trust behind Closed Doors. I do not feel sorry for Cos. I feel sorry for THE WOMEN he’s hurt, & EVERYONE he’s betrayed.— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) September 25, 2018
You’ll support Bill Cosby and R Kelly because you have a misplaced sense of loyalty to men who mean us harm.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) September 25, 2018
Actual mad ting.
If somebody had told me 30 years ago that Donald Trump would be president and Bill Cosby would be in prison, I would’ve told them that they had lost their damned mind.— Captain Montego (@M3g4d37h) September 25, 2018
Bill Cosby is anti-black, practiced respectability politics and a rapist and because you watched The Cosby Show growing up it's sad to see Cosby go like that? Fuck you, stop enabling rape culture and believe survivors.— Black Fat Queer (@FlamingFatQueer) September 25, 2018
Anyone feeling sorry for Bill Cosby right now, has rapey tendencies.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) September 25, 2018
America has always had an agenda to disgrace and discredit the black man #BillCosby— ♈️AriesQueen♈️ (@NiqsQueenDom) September 26, 2018
I’ll never get how one can come from a marginalized people yet marginalize people. For all the joy he brought to folks it was ultimately incommensurate with the wickedness he wrought. Bill Cosby brought this on himself and, sadly in 3-10 years his victims pain will still be there— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) September 25, 2018
Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women before having sex with (raping) them and y’all continue to reach from here to Pluto to defend him bc it’s a “conspiracy to keep down the Black man” stop it.— Doprah Winfrey🐅 (@createdbyELLE) September 25, 2018
Please tweet your opinions on Bill Cosby so I’ll know who to unfollow because they support rapists.— meg griffin. (@_princessLan) September 25, 2018
I’m happy Bill Cosby is behind bars but y’all gotta put the Harvey’s behind bars too. Like where tf are their ppl’s Justice?! Only the black guy right smfh— KatherineParadise (@KatParadise77) September 26, 2018
Y'all do know it took thirteen years to get to this point with Bill Cosby? Folks act like he got arrested on Monday and sentenced on Wednesday. This was a very long time coming.— Ruby's Granddaughter (@lizzyemcee) September 25, 2018
It’s really sad and concerning seeing some of the black community defending Bill Cosby, it makes you think they have something to hide to? Like I’m seeing man black man even just jump to call this racism. #WTF— D'Artagnan J. Young 🦉 (@Dartagnan1986) September 26, 2018
THANK YOU! 😂. This tweet sums up my feelings towards Bill Cosby 💯 As much as he wanted to “better” the black community, he also (unknowingly) aided the system in the negative perception of black youth/hip hop in the US. Too many racists repeating his words back to black people. https://t.co/T1LZuLZhNh— Black Wolverine (@TheKolaNut) September 26, 2018