The end of 2014 was filled with scandal for Bill Cosby. More than 20 women have come forward since November with sexual assault allegations. Several of his scheduled performances in his North American tour were cancelled or postponed, but his Canadian appearances will proceed as scheduled.
Despite protests and requests to cancel the shows, Cosby will perform at three shows in Canada, starting tonight. This will be his first performance since last November and the first of many performances scheduled through May.
Cosby has yet to address the allegations, but many people are still willing to defend the legendary comedian, including his former TV wife, Phylicia Rashad. In an interview with ShowBiz 411, Rashad said, “Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”
Cosby’s wife, Camille, has also spoken in his defence, suggesting he might be the victim in this scenario.
However, as time goes on, more and more women continue to speak out against Cosby. Two more women this week have joined the defamation lawsuit against him. Cosby has yet to be officially charged with any crime.
The show tonight will likely be met with protests and heckling, while others have vowed to simply not show up.
What do you think? Would you protest the shows, or just avoid them completely? Or do you believe he is innocent until proven otherwise?