Thursday, November 20, 2014

Must not quote anyone accused of rape

Officials working at London Underground were forced to apologise after a quote from alleged rapist Bill Cosby was posted at a tube station.

Cosby has been accused of sexually abusing 14 women and raping at least three - one more than 40 years ago.

A board placed at Tooting Bec tube station in south London, which staff use to post a 'thought of the day' to cheer up commuters, featured a quote from Cosby.

The whiteboard said: "'A word to the wise is not necessary. It's the stupid ones that need advice" - Bill Cosby.'

It was placed in such a position that everybody exiting through the barriers at the busy Northern Line Tube station, in south west London, saw it on Monday.

Transport for London has apologised for the 'misjudged' quote.

Cosby has faced historical allegations of sexual abuse.

In November 2006 he settled a civil lawsuit with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who claimed he had drugged and sexually assaulted her in his mansion two years earlier.

Her lawyers said they had the names of 13 other women who had come forward voluntarily with similar accounts of drugging or abuse at the hands of Cosby. But the settlement was reached before the women gave evidence.

Cosby has never been criminally charged in any of the cases.

During an interview at the weekend Cosby remained silent when asked about the allegations. 


He's innocent until found guilty in a court of law but that doesn't matter now, apparently.  We now have trial by accusation.

And even if he is guilty (which I think is probable) he may still have said wise or amusing things.  And they don't become less wise or less amusing according to who said them.  That is the "ad hominem" logical fallacy.


Stan B said...

Many men have said wise, funny, or poignant things and later been found to be flawed.

Unfortunately, society has become so sensitive to the flaws that they can no longer recognize the truth of what was said.

Use the Name, Luke said...


I think it's more than that. The left doesn't flip out when another leftist is found to be flawed, they're celebrated and promoted. For example, putting a known tax cheat in charge of the IRS!

This tactic is an attempt to force conservatives to Shut Up. In this case, they're targeting Cosby because he's been effective at getting some blacks to recognize that how they behave matters.

Bird of Paradise said...

Remember we used to have a rapists in the whitehouse at one time also a draft dodger as well as a liar and i dont need to metion his name becuase everybody knows it