Hide your kids! Hide your wife! (At least from Bill Cosby.) Today I have an update with a whole lot of new information about the comedian, who has gotten himself in even hotter water, not just with new women coming forward to allege they were sexually assaulted by him, but a video that makes Cosby look so bad, he probably couldn’t look much worse. Plus, I have the highlights of President Obama’s newest immigration policy and some unfortunate news for JetBlue flyers.
What do you think of this Bill Cosby situation? Did he nail his own coffin shut with the AP video? Please discuss in the comments or tweet me directly @AmandaLauren.
The Pressure On Bill Cosby Continues To Grow
You practically need a scorecard to keep track of how many women have recently come forward alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. Andrea Constand, Tamara Green, Beth Ferrier, Barbara Bowman, Carla Ferrigno (wife of Lou Ferrigno), supermodel Janice Dickinson and actress Louisa Moritz. Since 2005, a total of 15 women have come forward saying the comedian sexually assaulted them.
On November 16th, Cosby’s attorney released a statement on his website, which has since been taken down:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work.
The entertainment industry has responded to these allegations by cutting ties with the comedian. TV Land has pulled The Cosby Show from their schedule. Netflix was also supposed to air a Cosby special later this month, but has postponed it. NBC was developing a new show with Cosby, but decided not to move forward with it.
On November 20, the Associated Press released a November 6 interview of Cosby and his wife Camille, for an NPR segment with Scott Simon. The interview was about lending their personal art collection to the Smithsonian. In the video, Cosby is asked about the “serious” rape allegations and refuses to comment on them:
SCOTT SIMON: "This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days."
BILL COSBY: [SILENCE]
SIMON: "You're shaking your head no. I'm in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?"
SIMON: "Shaking your head no. There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance."
SIMON: "Alright. Camille and Bill Cosby. They have lent 62 pieces from their collection of African and African-American art to create an exhibit called Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue. It's now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art through early 2016. Thank you both."
Cosby then asks Simon, “Now can I get something from you, that none of that will be shown?” To which Scott respond, “You didn't say anything.”
Cosby then says:
I know I didn't say anything, but I'm asking your integrity that since I didn't want to say anything, but I did answer you in terms of I didn't want to say anything, what value would it have? I would appreciate it if it was scuttled. I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, that it will not appear anywhere.
Cosby, Scott and a producer then go back and forth about the matter. Cosby never agreed or disagreed to address the allegations prior to the interview. It has not been revealed why the video in its entirely was not released earlier.
A Shooting At FSU
On November 20, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a gunman opened fire in the library at Florida State University at Tallahassee. He was shot and killed by police after he was asked to drop his weapon and refused.
Police later identified the shooter as Myron May, who was a former student at the university and currently an attorney. Abigail Taunton, a longtime friend of May told the AP,
We’re just all astounded. We had no idea that he would do something like this. Obviously, he was not in his right mind.
Police call what happened “an isolated incident” and FSU Police Chief David Perry released a statement:
This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library.
In total, three students were shot. As of Thursday afternoon, two have been released from the hospital.
Obama Issues An Executive Order On Immigration
Last night, President Obama gave a speech addressing his executive decision regarding immigration. He discussed the basics of his plan:
First, we'll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.
Second, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.
Third, we'll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.
Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable -- especially those who may be dangerous. That's why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent. And that's why we're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who's working hard to provide for her kids. We'll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.
Now here's the thing: we expect people who live in this country to play by the rules. We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. So we're going to offer the following deal: If you've been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you're willing to pay your fair share of taxes -- you'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.
In short, Obama recognizes the major issue of illegal immigration and plans on deporting undocumented immigrants who are criminals. He also addressed that many children and young adults, who were born in the US to undocumented parents or brought here illegally, are in a position they didn’t exactly have a say in and are striving for higher educations and better lives. The president’s policy recognizes the reality of these situations and aims to help these people.
Obama concluded the speech by reminding us that most Americans are descendants of immigrants and we all have had a chance, and others deserve a chance to succeed as well.
· JetBoo! If you fly JetBlue because you get to check your first bag for free (and you like blue Terra chips and television at your seat), the party is over (for those who sit in Economy seats anyway). In 2015, JetBlue will create three ticket classes, of which only the two highest will still get to check a bag for free. More bad news -- in 2016, the airline will also roll out new planes, which will have slightly reduced legroom, from to 34.7 inches to 33.1 inches.
· If you feel like you’re freezing this week, it’s because you probably are. There have been record lows all over the country. Buffalo, NY has had it the worst and is expected get up to nine feet of snow by today. A total of ten people so far have died as a result of snow-related accidents in Buffalo.
· Legendary playwright, director, and Diane Sawyer’s husband Mike Nichols, 83, has died as a result of cardiac arrest. Nichols won every major entertainment award given including an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar. He is most famous for directing the Dustin Hoffman classic "The Graduate."