News that Bill Cosby has been charged with assault quickly spread through social media Wednesday morning, with defenders criticizing media coverage and Cosby critics welcoming prosecutors' announcement with the reaction of "finally."
The charges are related to ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand's allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted her after drugging her at his Pennsylvania home in January 2004. The move follows dozens of similar allegations in the last year.
Some on social media called for President Obama to revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded in 2002. Here's a sampling of other comments:
Bill Cosby has spent his life attempting to silence the women he has assaulted with threats, lawsuits and money. https://t.co/WQDSPbOc9f— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 30, 2015
....& now it begins Bill Cosby Expected To Be Charged For 2004 Sexual Assault https://t.co/NCPXICwRXy— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 30, 2015
More runaway white privilege: If Hillary's so jazzed to have sexual predator Bill Clinton campaign for her, why no invitation to Bill Cosby?— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 29, 2015
Finally, a charge against Cosby. Love to read a good legal analysis of strength of the case based on 2004 allegation that fits the pattern— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) December 30, 2015
Bill Cosby is ruining his legacy as a comedian. Hands down he WAS once a great stand up comedian, but come on, sexually assaulting women?— R.Dharshan (@reneedharshan) December 30, 2015
"They indicted bill Cosby on hearsay but got murders on camera no indictment what a surprise," wrote Facebook user Dimeco Hicks, seemingly in reference to recent shootings of black men by white police officers.
Bill Cosby thinks black men are shot by the police for stealing coca-cola and pound cake. Yet here yall are defending him— YujaScented (@SomePeculiar) December 30, 2015
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