Do you remember the outrage the first time O.J. Simpson tried publishing a book titled If I Did It? This may be even worse. Bill Cosby wasted no time when it comes to capitalizing on the mistrial that was declared in his sexual assault case last week. Known just as much for his comedy as he is for standing on a soapbox, Cosby plans to go on a tour lecturing teens on sexual assault accusations, according to USA Today.
To be clear, Cosby still faces legal hurdles in connection to his own accusations of sexual assault (that were corroborated by his own sworn deposition dating back to 2005). However, he plans to travel the country speaking to teens, especially athletes about “hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing,” according to his publicist, Andrew Wyatt.
“We’re now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city (Birmingham) sometime in July … to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt said.
“This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing. And it also affects married men.”
Fortunately, the world still has some semblance of order and many people, including advocates for sexual assault survivors, have spoken out about the gall Cosby and his team must have to even think this is okay.
“In no rational world should Bill Cosby be permitted to talk to kids, or anyone, about sexual assault,” said Lisa Bloom, the California lawyer who represents one of Cosby’s accusers. “This is a man who admitted under oath to drugging women for sex. This is a man accused by sixty women of sexual misconduct, spanning decades.”
“It would be more useful if Mr. Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place,” said Jodi Omear , spokeswoman for RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network).
I’m not sure if it’s delusion or strategy, but Cosby’s team is doing all they can to project him as a victim while also dismissing the accusations of nearly 60 women.