Following yesterday's news that Bill Cosby was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrew Constand in 2004, celebrities are reacting to the Cosby news via various social media platforms. And one A-lister is receiving some nasty feedback as a result.
Lena Dunham, a polarizing figure herself, tweeted her support of Cosby's alleged victims, noting that she was "grateful that Bill Cosby's criminal record will be marked forever, like the lives of the women he raped." She also noted that if she, "believed in hell Bill Cosby would be going there." Although some fans are applauding her for supporting the women, several people are condemning the Girls star for her comments. Many have referenced the controversial confession from her 2014 memoir Not That Kind of Girl, which some felt was an admmission that she molested her younger sister. Others brought up her support of Hillary Clinton, which they took as tacit support of Bill Clinton, who's also been accused of sexual assault. Some even accused Dunham of being racist for supposedly supporting Clinton, but not Cosby. What a mess.
She was far from the only celebrity who spoke out on Twitter about Cosby, though. A large number of actors, directors, comedians, and other VIPs have all tweeted about the arrest, with many making very careful– and funny– jokes. Noticeably absent thus far is any comment from Hannibal Burress, the comedian whose Cosby jokes are often credited with bringing the scandal to light in the first place.
Grateful that Bill Cosby's criminal record will be marked forever, like the lives of the women he raped. They deserve justice and peace.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) December 30, 2015
If I believed in hell Bill Cosby would be going there.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) December 30, 2015
So happy to live in a society where all it takes to get the legal system moving against powerful men is testimony from more than 50 women.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) December 30, 2015
*Cosby voice* when you put, the fingers, and the fingerprints, in the fingerprint ink— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 30, 2015
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
Turn a Cosby tweet into action by believing women.— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) December 31, 2015
Did Bill Cosby plead "dra-bizzle" or "not dra-bizzle"? News isn't saying.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 31, 2015
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