This is hilarious for what it reveals about the way our people of color think.
Black writer Clarence Page penned the following:
Excerpt from Chicago Tribune
So many wild conspiracy theories have popped up on Twitter and in YouTube videos to explain Cosby’s prosecution on aggravated indecent assault charges that entertainment writer Stereo Williams at The Daily Beast calls them “Cosby Truthers.”
“It’s a conspiracy,” they’ll tell you. What they can’t tell you is who would want to do this to Cosby at this time in his life — or why.
The Cosby Truthers appear to include Bill Cosby’s television wife, Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable to Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the smash-hit “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992.
“What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy,” she told Showbiz 411 blogger Roger Friedman two years ago. “And I think it’s orchestrated.”
She didn’t know “why or who’s doing it,” she said, but, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”
Why would anyone want to destroy Cosby? Asked during a later appearance on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” she responded, “That’s my question too.”
Rashad was by no means alone in her suspicions. After typing “Cosby conspiracy theory” into a YouTube search, I found myself scrolling through page after page of videos speculating on anti-Cosby conspiracies.
I found one video featuring activist-comedian Dick Gregory, a Cosby contemporary who has become a famous conspiracist in his own right. Gregory describes what appears to be the most popular theory for Cosby’s prosecution: punishment by the powers-that-be for Cosby’s attempts to buy NBC in the 1990s.
Why would the conspirators wait all this time before unleashing the allegations, long after Cosby gave up his attempted purchase? Ah, don’t expect perfect explanations in conspiracy theories. Conspiracists, in my experience, tend to connect their dots with dotted lines.
No, the NBC theory sounds like the sort of scenarios that are dreamed up by people like me, people who are looking for a good excuse to treat Cosby as a victim, despite mounting testimony describing him as a callous, self-centered victimizer.
Cosby’s trial in Philadelphia ended in a hung jury Saturday. Prosecutors say they will try him again. More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in dozens of episodes dating as far back as the mid-1960s. But statutes of limitation allowed him to be tried only for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Only one of the other women who accused him of similar deeds was allowed to testify.
The jury was probably as conflicted as I and countless other longtime Cosby fans feel about his life’s tragic turn. After decades of delighting us as an entertainer — and provoking us as a promoter of self-help values in low-income black communities — it is painfully sad to see him at age 79 waddling unsteadily in and out of a criminal court, a shell of his former self.
As Page says, there are many Cosby conspiracy theory videos. Embedded below is a short one, less than three minutes. Title: Righteous Rosenberg Exposes The Cosby Conspiracy!!!