Producer Judd Apatow is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore! Whats he mad about? The fact that no one (other then him) in show business is willing to call a rapist a rapist and speak out against Bill Cosby’s victimization of women. Apatow is speaking and he’s letting Pudding Pops have it with both barrels.
Producer, writer, actor and comedian, Judd Apatow is one of the few in the business willing to speak out against Bill Cosby’s victimization of women and he’s certainly not being shy about it. Rather than victim bash, Apatow tells it like it is: Bill Cosby tore down his own legacy.
Apatow was recently honored for his activism at the Rape Foundation Annual Brunch in Beverly Hills. During his speech he said, “Someone has to stand up for these women and someone in his community needs to call him out and say, ‘This is awful, you should be in jail.'” He went on to say, “We all need to support the victims and tell them, ‘We care about you and we believe in you.'”
Apatow, 47, believes that Cosby “broke trust with the world. He’s not the man he presented himself to be and some people think it’s wrong to tear him down and tear down his legacy, but he tore down his own legacy. You don’t get a free pass because of your good deeds. He still committed crimes. It doesn’t matter how funny he was.”
More than 50 women have come forward accusing the Pudding Pop mack daddy of sexual assault, though authorities have yet to charge him with any crime. Cosby and his lawyer, Marty Singer, have denied all of the allegations, going so far as to call them “utter nonsense.”
So, just why is Judd Apatow so willing to be the one to speak out? As a father of two, he wants to see the violence stop and no one else was talking. “To this very day, very few people with power have gone on-record and said, ‘He’s an evil person and I stand with his victims,'” he said during the brunch. Proceeds of the event benefit The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House at Santa-Monica-UCLA Medical Center.
He continued, “We all need to speak up when we see something like this is happening and we need to intervene when someone is crossing the line. We need to be role models for respectful relationships – and we all need to support the victims and tell them, ‘We care about you.’ Because if we don’t, people will not come forward and the abuse and the violence will continue.”
The quaalude-loving comedian lost his bid to avoid a deposition scheduled for Friday, October 9, in a civil suit by plaintiff Judy Huth. Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred is representing Huth. The suit claims that Cosby sexually assaulted Huth when she was 15.
In his closing comments, Apatow said, “Go get him Gloria! I almost feel bad for him. Gloria get a good night’s sleep. I want you to have all of your energy. Actually, I hope you don’t sleep so you’re really cranky and pissed off.”
I couldn’t agree with Judd Apatow more if I tried. Victim blaming and shaming is almost as criminal as the sexual assaults and Cosby’s reputation as America’s family-friendly comedian shouldn’t be given the slightest consideration in the matter. Legal history is full of “wholesome, boy-next-door types” who were some of the scariest, most dangerous criminals imaginable.
While Apatow may be the only one in the business willing to call a rapist a rapist, he’s not the only well-known name to express displeasure at Cosby’s foul acts. Fordham University’s board of trustees voted unanimously to revoke the honorary degree it granted Pudding Pops in 2001. It is the first time in the university’s history that it has revoked an honorary degree.
The university issued a statement saying, “By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions.”
Well said! Honestly, I can’t add much to this post that Judd Apatow and Fordham University haven’t already said. I applaud both for their actions on behalf of the victims.
I’ll be sure to update you on any information that becomes available after the deposition. As Apatow said, “Go get him, Gloria!”