With more than 15 women publicly accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, it's unsurprising that the conversation surrounding the allegations has taken place on Twitter.
Famous for being the family man of television, the 77-year-old comedian's cultural presence has often protected him from widespread scrutiny, but the last two months have marked a tipping point in the court of public opinion. Since a clip of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist when viral in October, the accusations from women against Cosby have snowballed. Despite women coming forward on a nearly daily basis since earlier this month claiming that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted them, many people still seem to refuse to see any possible truth in these women's stories.
Apparently, for some it's difficult to see the comedian as anything but Cliff Huxtable, the perfect dad he played on "The Cosby Show." Many women on Twitter however, are explaining why they believe the allegations and stand with the women who have spoken up.
Cosby has largely remained silent on the issue, though his lawyer Martin Singer released a statement calling the media's coverage of the allegations "an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards." The comedian also told Florida Today in a Nov. 21 interview: "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."
Here's what women on Twitter think about the allegations made against Cosby and how we should be reacting to them:
re: Bill Cosby I sort of think where there's smoke there's fire.
Also I'm saying "fire" instead of "rape" so people will pay attention.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) November 24, 2014
The 13 women Bill Cosby raped and assaulted had been speaking out for decades, but it wasn't until an act by comedian that people listened.
— maha. (@omgmaha) November 24, 2014