After serving nearly three years in prison, Bill Cosby has recently announced his plans for a comeback tour in 2023, and fans are not happy about it. Cosby, who was released from prison in June 2021, after his conviction for sexual assault was overturned, announced the tour on his official website, stating that he would be performing in comedy clubs and other venues across the country.
However, fans were quick to express their outrage over the news. Many people took to social media to voice their disgust, citing Cosby’s history of sexual assault allegations and the fact that he has never shown remorse for his actions.
Cosby was accused by more than 60 women of sexual assault, with many of the allegations dating back several decades. In 2018, he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, and sentenced to three to ten years in prison. However, in June 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction, citing a violation of Cosby’s due process rights.
Despite this, many people still believe that Cosby is guilty of the crimes he was accused of, and are appalled that he is attempting to make a comeback. Some fans have even called for boycotts of venues that have agreed to host Cosby’s performances.
In response to the backlash, Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, released a statement defending the comedian’s decision to go on tour. He argued that Cosby had always been a “pioneering voice for social change” and that he was excited to get back on stage and “share his views on life.”
However, many people remain unconvinced. In an interview with CNN, civil rights activist Tarana Burke criticized Cosby’s decision to go on tour, stating that it sends a message to survivors of sexual assault that their experiences are not taken seriously.
“We can’t forget that there are still dozens of women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault,” Burke said. “This isn’t a matter of cancel culture or political correctness. This is about the fact that Cosby has never taken responsibility for his actions, and it’s deeply disturbing to see him being given a platform to perform and profit from his celebrity status.”
The controversy surrounding Cosby’s comeback tour has once again brought to light the issue of sexual assault in Hollywood, and the way in which powerful men have been able to evade justice for their crimes. Many people are calling for a more comprehensive system of accountability for those who commit sexual assault, including more support for survivors and harsher penalties for offenders.
As for Cosby, it remains to be seen how his tour will be received. While some die-hard fans may be excited to see him back on stage, it’s clear that his decision has deeply upset many people, and the backlash is likely to continue in the coming weeks and months.