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I slept with Bill Cosby last night, but it was consensual

| November 14, 2014 | Reply
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Bill Cosby speaks during an event promoting his book, "I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was," on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo by World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Bill Cosby speaks during an event promoting his book, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was,” on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Girard College in Philadelphia, Pa. More than a dozen women have come forward thus far to levy decades-old rape and sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comedian, actor and author. (Photo by World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Comedian Bill Cosby is shown in an undated, black-and-white William Morris Agency publicity headshot released to the Chicago Sun-Times circa September 28, 1969.I slept with Bill Cosby last night, but he didn’t force me to — it was consensual.

Since more than a dozen women have come forward this year alleging they had less-than-consensual relations with the now 77-year-old comedian in decades past, perhaps I should consider myself lucky.

As I laid down to sleep last night, I listened to Cosby’s sixth comedy album, “To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With,” recorded live in 1968 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The album is ranked No. 1 on “Spin” magazine’s list of the 40 greatest comedy albums of all time, but it just doesn’t seem very funny anymore.

Take this bit about baseball, for instance:

You gotta stay in there ’cause the guy throws a curveball at you, it may break — across the plate — so you have to stay in there. You don’t want people to think you’re chicken and you jump out of the box.

And it’s a weird feeling to be standing there in the box and see that ball coming atcha. And your mind says, ‘Stay in there.’ But your body says, ‘Let’s, we gotta move.’ [LAUGHING]

… And all of a sudden, man, you know that ball is not gonna break. … Right in the back. Knocks all the wind out of you and you can’t breathe, and all bent over.

Umpire says, ‘Take your base.’

‘Yes, sir!’

And you walk down to first base, and you still can’t breathe. And you get to first base, and you look at the third base coach and he’s giving you the steal sign. And the pitcher goes into the stretch and he throws the ball and you walk to second base. And they tag you out and you say, ‘Thank you, very much.’

“Baseball” may have once been a funny comedy bit, but now it seems more like a sad analogy for Cosby’s current situation.

With 14 women thus far coming forward to allege Cosby sexually assaulted them in decades past (not even counting the one with whom he settled out of court in 2006), one of America’s most beloved entertainers keeps getting thrown curveballs left and right.

It’s become obvious those balls are not going to break, and Cosby’s silence on the matter does little but leave us wondering when he’ll finally be tagged out.

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