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    Cos’ sheds ‘family-friendly’ image

    Sometime over semester break a tearful Janice Dickinson, widely considered the world’s first supermodel, sobbed on Entertainment Tonight as she described how Bill Cosby raped her in the early 1980’s. 
    In an interview with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, Dickinson said that she remembered Cosby in a “patchwork robe and a brown velvet hat” and then she felt pain and woke up with semen between her legs. 
    Claiming she was in denial, Dickinson didn’t come forward sooner because of fear. Her thoughts: “I must be a bad person. I must be a slut. If this gets out, will people think I’m a whore? That I’m lying?” 
    Cosby lawyer Marty Singer claims that Dickinson’s allegations are “outlandish” and “false.” When Farrow asks Dickinson in the interview what she thought about Singer’s statements, Dickinson promptly flips off the camera. “Women! You have more power than him and his legal team! Women you have more power than you’ll ever know.” And, as if quoting a riot grrrl band, said, “We will keep fighting until our last breath — I know I will. You will not be able to shut me up.” 
    There are signs that Cosby is indeed a rapist. Part of this comes from a recording of a Bill Cosby stand-up show from 1969 when he describes “Spanish Fly,” a type of date rape drug, to the audience. And nearly 30 years later, in a 1991 interview with Larry King, Cosby and King laugh together about fond memories of the drug. 
    “Spanish Fly…What was the old story about it?” Cosby asks King as he answers the question himself, noticeably relishing the topic. “The size of a pin head…you dropped it in her drink.” When King asks him about using it in Coca Cola, Cosby responded with a smile and headshake. 
    “It doesn’t matter, you can put it in anything.” Cosby describes what would happen after the girl would drink it. “Hello America!” 
    The “family friendly” image of Bill Cosby fogs people’s opinions of whether or not Cosby raped several women. The media missed this story big time. One thing is certain: if we don’t change how we react to sexual assaults, rape will continue to be a casual situation, stories easily crushed by the words “whore” and “liar” instead of “survivor.”

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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