Bill Cosby will tour America, educating men about sexual assault. Seriously.

Bill Cosby arrives for the second full day of jury deliberations

Bill Cosby’s sexual abuse case ended in mistrial last weekend. Apparently, two jurors were holdouts, because some people just can’t wrap their heads around actual consent, and how if you drug a woman into submission, that is not the same thing as consent. The whole thing is pretty awful and I would have thought that Bill Cosby would just go home and wait quietly for the retrial (which the DA says will happen). But Cosby will be going back to work, according to his lawyer. What work? Well, he’s going to tour the country with a series of “town hall meetings” to educate people about “sexual violence.” No, really.

Less than one week after a judge declared Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case a mistrial, the embattled actor-comedian is gearing up to “get back to work.” On Thursday, Cosby’s rep, Andrew Wyatt, told Good Day Alabama host Janice Rogers that the actor is planning to hold a series of town hall meetings starting “sometime in July” to help educate young men and women about sexual violence – specifically, the threat of being accused of inappropriate behavior.

“This is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt said on the show. “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 they shouldn’t be doing. And it also affects married men.”

Wyatt’s reference to married men is a nod to the primary argument made by Cosby’s defense attorney Brian McMonagle, that Cosby was a man who had been unfaithful to his wife, but not a perpetrator of sexual assault, as accuser Andrea Constand had testified. Added Ebonee Benson, a spokeswoman for Camille Cosby, “Laws are changing, the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated on … a brush against the shoulder. Anything at this point can be considered sexual assault. It’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”

[From Rolling Stone]

Some people don’t believe “rape culture” is a thing. Please don’t be one of those people. This is rape culture. When a man who has admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting women considers himself a sexual assault educator, that is rape culture. When Rolling Stone contacted Cosby’s lawyer to clarify some of the topics of Cosby’s speeches, he said: “Laws are changing. Statute of limitations are being amended. It’s important to educate people that you could be at a baseball game and it could be crowded and a young man could try to squeeze through and accidentally touch a young lady’s butt or breast by mistake and that could be considered sexual assault. It’s imperative that we educate people that want to be educated.” I have no words. Way to minimize and normalize what Cosby actually did and what he’s been accused of.

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  1. Chaine says:

    “To avoid being accused of rape, don’t drug women and rape them.” Naaaah, he’s not going to say that.

    • AnnaKist says:

      It would be a very short lecture (tour) if he did. I can’t believe this, or that people would actually go to listen to this disgusting POS “educate” them about sexual violence. Will people have to pay for the privilege and benefit of his vast experience in the subject? What is the world coming to?

    • K says:

      Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist, said he was doing a similar tour when sentenced. Maybe they should do it as a double act. Victim Blaming For Beginners.

    • Lia says:

      Maybe it’s a “how to” lecture…… Ugh.

  2. Bridget says:

    Anything can be considered sexual assault nowadays. A brush on the shoulder, drugging them and having sex without their consent… it’s a fine line to make the distinction.

    Has no one explained to these idiots that a mistrial is not an acquittal?

    • HadToChangeMyName says:

      Yes, we need Bill to tell us that. Because there’s no difference between brushing past someone at a game and touching their genitals after you’ve given them something to knock them out.

    • Sixer says:

      So much so that male America is in desperate need of How To Gaslight The Women workshops run by Very Important Gaslighters…

      … it should probably be on the high school curriculum as a matter of urgency.

    • Megan says:

      @Bridget In his world women are viscous gold diggers ready and willing to misinterpret any action by a man. But in the real world where we all live, we can tell the difference between someone bumping into us and someone groping us.

  3. NeexKC says:

    I hope he has a stroke on stage.

    • Megan says:

      I expect the protests and outrage will far exceed interest so, hopefully, no venue will be willing to book him.

  4. HadToChangeMyName says:

    Shut the F**k up, Bill. At his age, you would think he’d have some self-awareness. Tired of these entitled a-holes.

  5. CynicalAnn says:

    Um. What the what.

  6. Alisha says:

    “Educate” you mean “advise them on how to get away with it”. F*ck him with a rusty jackhammer.

    • greenmonster says:

      Yes, exactly. How to get away with sexual assault 101.

      Poor, poor men. They have fallen victim to vicious women everywhere who are luring in dark back alleys for any men to come by and accuse him of rape. Or standing in crowds waiting for an innocent man who is walking by and yell “SEXUAL ASSAULT”. Good thing, that precious Bill comes to their rescue! To all of our rescue to be exact. I hope he also holds seminars for women, so us dummies will finally understand that when a man squeezes our butts or breasts it was just an accident!

  7. minx says:

    Nobody wants to hear what this guy says.

  8. Birdix says:

    It’s amazing that a person known for his humanity and wisdom would end up having so little of both. He did a great job of creating a public persona that was entirely different than his true self. Interesting to see that unravel–guess he realizes it’s too late to save his legacy? Or this is a desperate last ditch effort to create a different one?

    • MC2 says:

      I thought that he was wise & a humanitarian too until this came out & then I went back into his past. There were inklings into the kind of man he was from throwing others under the bus to save himself, telling black men how to be & putting them down, manipulating the press, being controlling, etc. I think he is an example of a control freak run awry that had a great PR persona that was total crap all along. He was always a good actor & a psycho.

      • deering24 says:

        And Cosby benefited hugely from breaking through so many racial barriers. That made him a virtual saint who was practically bulletproof when it came to rumors as to what he was really up to.

  9. Sitonit says:

    This is diplorable and this man is disgusting. Misogyny has got to stop and let us begin with no longer supporting this pig. Go away Cosby.

  10. QueenElisabeth says:

    Perhaps Casey Anthony can open for him, on ‘Coping with toddlers’
    or Oj simpson could give a speech about ‘Divorcing for Dummies’

  11. HK9 says:

    What the f-k
    What the f-k
    What the f-k
    This cannot be happening. This is insane. He really thinks anyone wants to hear what he has to say? Naw bitch. How about apologizing for being a rapist for the last 40 years huh?? How about some of that. That’s the only think I wanna hear coming out of his mouth.

  12. Tania says:

    I’m sure Donald Trump will join him up on stage.

    • Kitten says:

      This is the world we live in: a sexual assaulter for a POTUS, my childhood hero a serial rapist. Neither of these two ass-wipes being held accountable for their actions.

      Philando Castile? I’m just…I cannot.

      AND I just finished The Keepers last night and it’s just all too f*cking depressing.

      • greenmonster says:

        I was just thinking about the world we live in and how to describe it best. I compared it to Handmaid’s Tale. This is what could have happened in the early stages of the story.
        Misogyny, racism and hate has made it’s way out of the shadows and is hiding now in plain sight. But so many people don’t take it seriously and I don’t get that. This story drives me nuts, but many people I know react to it as if it just some silly gossip. It is not. It’s rape culture. It’s a slap in the face of every rape suvivor and every woman.

      • Jenna says:

        All of this. Him and Trump are male privilege, wealth privilege and rape culture all in action. Fame, money, lawyers and power and ultimately the ability to do absolutely anything you want. And millions of us blindly bowing to them.

        It’s a tragic state of affairs. We got far too complacent thinking things were better. It gets me so, so sad.

  13. Lorelai says:

    This is another batshit INSANE story in a year where we literally can’t keep up because they’re coming at us so fast.

  14. Chelly says:

    He always gave me creepy vibes. When I would watch the Cosby show he was always so touchy, grabby, kissy. I knew he wasn’t right, & every damn day he’s proving what a vile pos he really is. Pig

    • jwoolman says:

      My “danger, danger, Will Robinson” radar was triggered by Cosby also when he was playing Dr. Huxtable. I couldn’t figure out why, though, especially since everybody else loved him. Usually for me it’s something in the voice (I’ve been accurate before although didn’t know it for years). I didn’t feel that way when I saw him as a standup comedian as a kid or in “I, Spy”. Just with the cringy jello pudding stuff, the Art Linkletter type stuff, and Dr. Huxtable (can’t remember in which order those happened) and from then on. The voice must be a big part of it for me, but yiu’re right about the rest.

  15. The New Classic says:

    I don’t wanna live on this planet anymore.

    • Cleo says:

      +1 for Futurama references

    • Trashaddict says:

      NC, I hope you’re not serious, we need all the Celebitchies we can get. “Respect my existence or expect my resistance.” And maintain your persistence.

  16. Harryg says:

    I’m… speechless.

  17. Jensies says:

    This is beyond repulsive, it’s incredibly triggering to those of us who have suffered sexual assault. F this guy, f the culture that serves him, f anyone who goes to these rape seminars. This is what protests are for.

  18. attackofthekb says:

    I have just sat here in stunned silence since I read this. Y’all we are never going to win. Maybe it’s the hangover getting me down. His face is the last thing I wanted to see but to read the story is a jaw dropper. His poor victims.

  19. third ginger says:

    I love how the representative singles out “athletes” and “married men” Are they really going to peddle this bullshit to a public who knows how many male college athletes have gotten away with sexual assault. Here in Virginia, we had a case in which the offenders were punished AFTER they graduated. As for the married men. Avoid criminal behavior first, and then try giving a thought as to why you are cheating on your wife.

  20. My stomach actually did one of those involuntary nausea flips. There have been so many times in this past year when I just want to give up on the world and hole up in a bunker or something but then I remind myself that that’s what the racists and misogynists and violent assholes want us to do – they want good people to collapse under the weight of their assaults and give up so tney can do what tney want, unchecked. So nope, I’ll keep fighting and educating running my mouth and reading and posting. Sad times.

  21. Beth says:

    How could his wife let him do this?

    • MellyMel says:

      The same way she knowingly knew he was a rapist and did nothing about it and has stayed married to him all these years…money.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Camille Cosby? She’s in this up to her eyeballs. She is his enabler and hatchet woman extraordinaire–refer to her statement bashing the judge, attorneys, and “media”.

      Complicit, thy name is Camille Cosby.

      • jwoolman says:

        It’s hard to say. It’s not uncommon for people to not know what is really going on even in the same house. Different children can be treated so differently that as adults, the unabused ones will claim that the abused ones are lying. A friend found out when he was an adult that his father had been routinely molesting his two sisters. Neither girl knew the other one was also molested, because his father told each that if she didn’t cooperate and keep it secret, he would molest the other one. His mother also didn’t know since the girls were afraid to tell anybody. It shattered his whole idea of what his family really was.

        Camille might have thought her husband was just having consensual affairs, since that’s more normal, and had made peace with that a long time ago. Certainly wouldn’t be the first woman to do so. And lashing out at the victims and the court would be part of that denial. She’s invested many years in her marriage with him and they share children. It would be very hard to face the truth.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      she’s every bit as vile as he is.

  22. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    You mean he’s going to tell them the secrets of getting away with it?

    To me, he showed his true colors years ago at an awards show. He was such a hateful MFer when approached…I despise him & Camille. She makes me sick how she’s always laughing her ass off. I have a gut feeling that she’s as evil a bitch as he is.

  23. Monsy says:

    The phrase ” everything is possible”has taken a terrifying new meaning lately

  24. Capepopsie says:

    I’m lost for words!

  25. Cleo says:

    He’s a repugnant troglodyte.

  26. Emma33 says:

    I’m starting to think this guy is a sociopath, this doubling-down is all about power…he felt like these women took some of his power away, and now he’s going to get them back.

  27. Emily says:

    I have a lot of thoughts, but the most pervasive is:


  28. Tiffany :) says:

    “You could be at a baseball game and it could be crowded and a young man could try to squeeze through and accidentally touch a young lady’s butt or breast by mistake and that could be considered sexual assault”

    Wtf?!?! I’ve had my bits grabbed intentionally so MANY f’ing times, this ENRAGES me!!!! Stop with the “accidentally touch” bullsh*t! We know you, we’ve dealt with it before. Your lies will not stand.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      and we know the difference between accidental touch and intentional touch.

  29. QQ says:

    A) What is he Trolling for fresh vics now??
    B) They might as well DNA swab all the “students” that show up to Learn how to not get accused??!!? .. just for Future sex assault kits??! WTF this is so Bizarre
    C) He Needs to go with God IMMEDIATELY.. well Spike Lee said Go With God, In this Case, Satan Can come pick him up already, Old Moley Aberrant F*ck

    • greenmonster says:

      Your idea under point B could solve so many old and future sexual assaults. I’m pretty sure about that.

    • Emily says:

      Anyone who believes their “accidental” brushings up at a baseball game might get them arrested for rape is probably who B would be applied best to.
      I’m also co-signing point C

    • jwoolman says:

      I can really get behind your B) idea….

  30. BJ says:

    Accidentally touch a young lady’s breast or butt VS putting pills in a young lady’s drink ,disrobing her and inserting your penis in her while she is unconscious or semi conscious .
    No woman claimed Pill Cosby only touched her breast or butt.

    Let the idiot do his little tour,everything he says will be recorded and can be used as evidence in the retrial.

  31. Northern_Girl 20 says:

    This just .. I have no words. I really didn’t think his story could get worse – even after the acquital or whatever and now this.

  32. Cannibell says:

    He must be living in some celebrity echo chamber hall of mirrors to come up with an idea like this. And woe betide the lesser mortals (publicists, promoters, marketing people) who sign on, unless they’re endgame is career suicide or a position in the Trump White House.

  33. JezMyOpinion says:

    Is he going to tell them how to purchase quaaludes on the down low and to just pay cash for them?

    • BJ says:

      “How to Get Away with Drugging and Raping Women Tour.”
      Your ticket includes a DVD and 10 percent off Qualudes.

  34. NeoCleo says:

    Well, the man IS an expert on all the how to’s. At this point the jokes for comedians will just write themselves.

  35. Squiggisbig says:

    It’s amazing to me that he has so quickly gone from stumbling, blind, and near death to able to do a speaking tour so quickly. Just the medicinal properties of a mistrial I guess.

  36. HoustonGrl says:

    OMG all the minimizing. Please let them minimize their way into disappearing. For good.

  37. Reece says:

    Comment deleted by user due to multiple expletives.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Yes, and the rest of my vocabulary seems to be dying out, of late. What the F^&king H*ll.

  38. Tia says:

    Jesus take the wheel – who is this guys PR person? Idi Amin?

  39. Melanie Coombs says:

    Won’t help him gain back love and adoration. He’s a pig. I hope he drops dead. Alone.

  40. JRenee says:

    This cannot be real. Absolutely hell to the no!

  41. Deeanna says:

    I like the part that anything Cosby says can be used against him in his next trial. And since he’s an opinionated old windbag who is used to people “listening to him” I think we may see him go off script at times.

    Camille Cosby is every bit as weird as he is. Has been for a long, long time. Both of these two need to sit down and shut up. And that surely is what the lawyers are telling them.

    Most “young adults” whether athletes or whatever have no idea who Bill Cosby is. I don’t think this mumbling, ill, almost-blind has-been is going to attract much of a turn out to any town meetings when his only possible good advice would be to get yourself a really good, really high priced lawyer.

    • Crimson says:

      Some young people don’t know Bill Cosby, but many do. My college-age son had a t-shirt with this f*cker’s face on it that he’d wear infrequently (also a “Carlton” shirt … the Carlton Dance is still revered by many, lol). A couple years ago after I showed him an article about Cosby and his accusers, he gave me the Cosby t-shirt to burn.

      BC better not show up here in Phoenix. I attended high school (and was friends with) one of his victims. I will gladly march against his appearance holding up a poster with her face on it.
      What a delusional scumbag.

  42. JoanK says:

    Wow, we’ve come a long, long way from the genial father and husband on The Cosby Show.

  43. BritAfrica says:

    Another huge disappointment.

    Perhaps it would be more helpful to our society to teach boys not to rape and sexually assault woman and children…

    • kay says:

      Now, now…don’t be talking sense in 2017!
      This is as mind boggling (rage inducing) as Brock turner and his proposed ‘how to teach females not to drink so males aren’t tempted to take advantage of it, because seductress drunken unconscious women are the root of all human problems’ tour.
      I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
      *where* are we??? You know? It is literally bizarro world.

  44. Eleanor says:

    Add in that he’s a comedian. Is he going to try to put a comedic spin on his seminars?

    Hopefully everything gets recorded. This is just thumbing his nose at the justice system.