On Friday, Bill Cosby finally spoke out about the sexual assault allegations from close to 30 women on Good Morning America. Cosby, who appeared on the show to discuss his involvement with the Black Belt Foundation, seemed to only want to focus on the education program, but GMA’s Linsey Davis broached the controversy Cosby has been avoiding.
“Are you prepared for the backlash if a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom said you’ve done some bad things?’” Davis asked Cosby.
“I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say that ‘You’re a hypocrite. You say one thing. You say the other.’ My point is, ‘Listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. Now you wanna go here or you wanna be concerned about who’s giving you the message,’” Cosby replied.
More than likely, the hypocrite comment stems from many people having called out Cosby in recent years because of his attitude toward some in the black community with his “pull up your pants” rhetoric, all the while he was allegedly pulling people’s pants down while they were drugged.
Davis then attempted to delve further into the sexual assault allegations only to have Cosby state that he couldn’t speak on them.
“I have been in this business for 52 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. Reality is the situation. And I can’t speak,” Cosby said.
Members of the Black Belt Foundation were on hand during the interview, and more than likely will speak more in-depth when the full interview airs Friday night on ABC News. The organization’s president, Felecia Lucky, did express her initial concern about Cosby’s involvement, but said educating people about the Black Belt was important.
“At the end of the day what was most important was how do we make sure the world knows Black Belt children matter,” Lucky stated.
Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN