Bill Cosby at the Centre in the Square Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 7, 2015

Bill Cosby at the Centre in the Square Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 7, 2015

Bill Cosby really needs to sit down and get out of the public eye.

According to BuzzFeed, Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by numerous women, told a woman attending his comedy show in Ontario on Thursday night that “you have to be careful about drinking around me.”

It is being reported that the woman was getting up from her front-row seat to get a drink when Cosby asked her where she was going. She then offered him a drink, according to National Post reporter Richard Warnica.

From the National Post:

The strangest moment of the night came midway through, when a woman in the front row rose and started walking out. Mr. Cosby asked her something. She appeared to reply that she was getting a drink and asked Mr. Cosby if he wanted one. He declined and then said with a smile “you have to be careful about drinking around me.” The audience expelled a collective “ooooo” at the joke then laughed and cheered and the show went on.

National Post reporter, Richard Warnica, who live tweeted from the show — shared show details and other events that happened Cosby’s Canada show. Check them out below.

After the show Cosby released a statement through his publicist:

“Dear Fans: One outburst but over 2600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support. I’m Far From Finished.”

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  • Anthony

    The best response would have been to say nothing, the only kind of remark that may have been ok would have been, ” no thanks, I don’t want to start another rumor.”

    Cosby apparently wants his life back, but that will not happen. The allegations against him are so ugly and numerous that the public simply cannot seem him the same way. The accusations are so numerous and many are so old that it will be very difficult to discredit some or all of them, assuming that some or all of them are not true.

    He cannot admit wrong doing or apologize without opening himself up potential lawsuits or criminal action in states where the statute of limitations has not come into affect.

    The only graceful option appears to be retirement.

    • Me

      if i was ever accused of a crime i didn’t commit, the last thing i would do is give the accusers what they want by hiding. if cosby is innocent he has a right to live his life the way he wants it, not the way the media harrassess him into. this is the same country that went all pseudo-rambo for that stupid interview movie just to prove korea couldn’t dictate how we live even though the film antagonizes a sitting leader. cosby’s accusers can’t dictate how he lives either… not without a trial and evidence of a crime. if he’s innocent, he has a right to live and a right to earn income. & since he’s a comedian, off color jokes come with the territory just like any other comedian.

    • K.C.

      But what has he actively done to put people’s mind at ease in what is now THIRTY allegations? Does he believe he is above the law and above moral order? I mean MOST people I know who had THIRTY allegations against them, would try everything to make it right. Being silent is something reserved for much less than this. You can’t be silent when accused of something so heinous. You just can’t. I would also not joke about such grave allegations to give people more ammunition. He is arrogant to make that joke. Disgraceful in my opinion.

    • Me

      it’s not his job to put anybody’s mind at ease. when someone accuses you of a crime, it’s THAT person’s obligation to PROVE you committed it. being accused of something doesn’t make you a slave to your accusers or the media or the public. he’s not above the law & neither are the women accusing him. he’s not obligated to respond to any of them or tip toe around anybody’s feelings. if he didn’t commit a crime, nothing about his life should change regardless of the allegations.

    • Objection

      Thank you. People are turning the tables on Cosby. He doesn’t have the burden to prove he’s innocent. The state (victims) have that burden; or the plaintiff. He needs to get him some paid protection or a gun. That Caucasian guy looks like he’s ready for blood.

    • K.C.

      He is a public figure. He has taken it upon himself to put himself in a position of authority where he lecture an entire generation of people on how to exist in the world and how to be. He makes a living from the support of the public. He has accepted his role as “mentor” “guidance counselor” and “friend” to an entire community. Since he and his attorneys (and his supporters) are complaining that he is being misrepresented, it is up to them to give us a very reliable side of their story. He is being alleged in engaging in 30 counts of rape (one of the worst crimes a man can commit). The women’s statute of limitations in bringing any charges against him have expired. If he is the “leader” he has always assumed himself to be (through his public speaking, books, art) then speak up against rape, say with absolute certainty and conviction you would never do such a thing, do something! Instead, what does he do? He makes a flippant joke about rape. THIRTY women are charging one man of this. On the side, I wonder if these were 30 black women, if the black community would be angrier. I just wonder. This is the most grotesque crime you can be charged with and to have 30 people claim it, is a serious issue for a man in the public eye. Time for him to say something more convincing just as he did so many times in challenging black youth to “pull their pants up”. We need to stop making excuses for rich celebrities. They are not above anyone or anything.

    • Me

      no one is making excuses for him. if the man didn’t do anything, he doesn’t owe anybody an explanation. so many are using this as a way to get back at him for airing black folks dirty laundry. folks are so mad that they are willing to jump on the first scandal just to make him look worse than the folks he talked about. just as a way to invalidate what he said even though plenty of folks needed to hear it. we so ready to sell this man’s future with no proof just to get back at him. well don’t be surprised when it turns around and bites everybody in the butt.

    • K.C.

      What if all of this is true? What he DID do it? Just as the women could be lying, they could also be telling the truth right? The least he could do is not make rape jokes. Is that too much to ask? Or is a successful black person above such reproach?

    • Me

      it’s not too much to ask of any comedian to not make rape jokes regardless of if they’re accused of rape or not, but he wouldn’t be the first nor last comedian to do so & it’s not outside of the scope of his job to make crass jokes regardless of if the women are telling the truth. but since no proof that they are telling the truth has been presented there’s no reason for him to do anything different than what he’s done in the past.

    • K.C.

      So wait he SHOULD continue to make rape jokes and crass jokes? There is not proof presented that he DID NOT rape them either but you’re going with his side right? Bye, Felicia.

    • Me

      ***innocent until PROVEN guilty***
      it’s not his job to prove he didn’t commit a crime. it’s their job to prove he did. that’s how the law works. these women are not the exception. & if making crass jokes is how he was making a living before, then nothing’s stopping him from continuing what he did… not while the first amendment is still in place. rape jokes are not illegal, they’re just insensitive. from the reports i read about the show he got a big laugh from the crowd with that line, so clearly it ain’t hurting his performance. when one of these women show up with proof that he committed a crime, then folks can round up as many gag orders as they want outta him. until then, he has a right to live and joke however he pleases within the confines of the law.

    • K.C.

      You do realize, given statute of limitations, there are MANY rape cases and child abuse cases that cannot be taken to a court of law right? It is particularly alarming in cases of minors. You see, young girls and children can take decades in finding the courage to even come to terms with rape and abuse. By the time they do, the case can no longer be brought to Court in many jurisdictions. This is the dilemma rape and abuse victims face every day. It is not a crime that has a timeline as to when a victim can gain the strength to come forward. Most never do. However they can do other things. They can tell their stories publicly, start support groups, go to the media and condemn a culture that allows such crimes to thrive and they can band together. This is just not an issue here in the US but worldwide. It is particularly alarming in poor areas of color throughout the world. It is an epidemic. Crimes against women and girls is an epidemic. Before you quickly demand that these women prove rape, why not begin a dialogue about rape, prevention, ways we can teach our boys better, ways we can take celebrities to task for their art, words and actions? You are SOLELY focused on dismissing TWENTY women. Twenty! No, it is not illegal to make rape jokes. However, we should hold celebrities and public figures accountable for their words. Their words reach millions in a way yours or mine cannot. A rape joke from one of the most iconic men in Entertainment is a problem. Nevermind it came at a time when HE is alleged to have engaged in such vile behavior. Your last post tells me everything I need to know about your point of view, you and your moral compass. We all have the right to do many things under this US democracy but when are we going to call out each other and hold each accountable for our words and actions? He sure has taken this stance in the past so why does he not live by this? Why does Cosby have a problem with a teenager wearing pants showing their underwear but yet he is ok with making a rape joke? DO you see the gross contradiction here? Oh, never mind. You are so far removed from any decency in terms of how you see this issue, I just can’t. Carry on. Do your thing. Keep supporting the right of rich, famous artists to make rape jokes if you wish. Nice issue to get behind. I will focus on creating a world where little girls and women (black ones predominantly since that is the community I serve) can be free of an environment that sides more with abusers then the abused. Ciao Felicia.

    • Me

      none of what you said trumps this man’s right to due process. a right that demands that his accusers provide proof that he committed a crime against them. i never even dismissed any of their claims, but you keep assuming cosby is guilty because of a speech he gave that rubbed you the wrong way & because there are a lot of accusers. neither his speech nor the number of accusers that have come out prove that he did what they say he did. dialogue about rape can’t just stop at believing everybody that cries rape without expecting facts to be verified. that’s a witch hunt, not justice. anybody that wants justice should never take the side of denying someone their right to due process without checking facts. it doesn’t help advance women’s rights to blindly assume someone’s guilt when the man has never been convicted or even tried of a crime. justice is a two way street. i’m sure if you ever have to face accusations of a crime, you would want the fairness of your rights to be applied instead of dismissed just because of your accuser’s gender. all it takes is one woman to show proof of what happened and this whole thing becomes more than just some side show. how about you ask yourself why you’re so willing to believe any of these women that you don’t know, that you weren’t present to witness. what makes them any more credible than cosby? you disagree with his speech so that makes him guilty? he makes no comments responding to any of these women so that makes him guilty? he continues to live his life as is so that makes him guilty? he has more money than you so that makes him guilty? those are the same things all of us do every single day, so how does any of that prove guilt of a crime?

    • K.C.

      I never said he is absolutely guilty. I said why are we assuming THE WOMEN are the ones lying right off the bat? I SAID rape victims usually NEVER come forward. I SAID the law is flawed and has a statute of limitations on when a rape victim can bring the case to court (same with child abuse victims). MOST people, heck MOST celebrities are NOT alleged to have raped TWENTY women. How many have? Yup, exactly. He has been and either he does 3 things: shut his mouth and not be a douchebag, come with some absolute convincing info as to how such a vile crime COULD NEVER be committed by him or #3: don’t make rape jokes. DING DING DING! He has done none of these things. Look, I have worked in the Film and Television industry for a LONG time. I know what goes on behind the scenes. I know how entertainers are protected, live lives that are in conflict with who they say they are and have seen first hand the lengths people go through to protect them. You have no idea. I am not unfamiliar with Mr Cosby or his work is all I will say. You clearly are someone who is willing to side less with women victims’ rights then an artists’ right to free speech. I believe in both but sometimes we have to stand up not for our rights under the law but our rights under a shared moral law. THAT is where most people fail. Making a rape joke is a douchebag move and no amount of shouting for his free speech can change the fact that it was ill-timed, insensitive and just plain dumb. People have the right to demand that these entertainers not act like douchebags and yes, you have the right to support a comedian making rape jokes. No one will get in the way of your agenda. Again, bye Felicia!

    • Me

      “why are we assuming THE WOMEN are the ones lying right off the bat?”

      i’m not assuming anything about either the women or cosby. asking for proof is not the same as calling someone a liar. maybe you just don’t get that part of the justice system.

      “law is flawed and has a statute of limitations on when a rape victim can bring the case to court ”

      there’s no statute of limitations on providing evidence, only on going to court. just like nothing is stopping these women from going to the media, nothing is stopping them from giving the media evidence of the crime they allege happened.

      “willing to side less with women victims’ rights then an artists’ right to free speech”

      i side for equal rights for all and applied without bias regardless of who is accusing or who is being accused. asking for evidence does not hinder the rights of any of these women who btw have not provided any evidence that they are victims at all. saying cosby has a right to continue living does not remove anybody else’s rights. innocent until proven guilty doesn’t take away the accuser’s rights, but it does protect the rights of the people who are accused, which still matters no matter how you feel about him or whatever secrets you might have from your line of work.

      “the right to demand that these entertainers not act like douchebags”

      true, but demanding something from someone doesn’t mean they have to give it to you. he has a right to not care if he looks like a douchebag to you or anyone else.

    • K.C.

      See my previous post cause someone who sees the issue at such complete extremes as you do cannot be communicated with. Like talking to a wall. Your comments have an underlying sexist nature that I can’t get with. Like I said, we have various rights under US law but as good, decent people, there is a moral code you HOPE people abide by. Clearly they don’t. Yes, he has a right to be a douchebag and make rape jokes while having people like you applaud his “right” to do so and we good, decent folks have the right to say enough with the douchebaggery. We have the right to stand against such sexist, vile and insensitive behavior and words. That is where I am. You do you. People have every right to call me the N word and I have have every right to fight against it. We women have rights too by the way. Again, if you have further comments, see my previous post. I forgot, I don’t deal with people like you in my work, life and in general. I certainly won’t here. Sexism ain’t cute no matter how you slice it. Talk to yourself now.

    • Me

      what is sexist about equal rights and upholding the law? you’re the only one making this about men vs women. and you’re the only one trying to take someone’s rights away so you can give them to someone else. how moral is that? i don’t have to agree with someone’s jokes to believe they are entitled to their rights. one person’s rights doesn’t have to be taken away for another person to seek justice but it seems like you’ll only be satisfied if cosby is dragged across a rake for every allegation. then if it turns out that none of it is true he gets to spend the rest of his life trying to undo all the damage. but that would be ok with you because it’s apparently better to be punished first and found guilty later when the alleged victim is a woman. i wonder if you would be this judicious if the accused were a woman.

    • K.C.

      Hahaha, I am the “only one” who thinks this way? Go back to the bubble in which you live Mr/Ms sexist. Again, see my previous posts. I know the likes of you and I know how the story ends with folks like you. You need attention. Read my previous posts and again, like I said, keep fighting for his right to make rape jokes. Wishing you all the best with this agenda of yours. Again, see my previous posts. Any future responses from you will redirect you to previous posts or maybe a good Women’s Studies 101 course. Methinks you are in deep need of one or at least in deep need of a resolved relationship with women in your life (past and present). We can always smell people like you a mile away. The story of you writes itself. Go on, see my previous posts. Thank you.

    • Me

      fyi. i completed my women’s studies course years ago, & nowhere in the syllabus was there any mention of denying anybody’s constitutional rights in order to advance women’s issues. maybe you should brush up on the subject yourself, but from the looks of it i must’ve struck a nerve since i don’t follow your blind belief that the only way to support women is to never question or disagree with anything a woman says.

    • K.C.

      Hahaha. You conveniently ignore all the points I made. He/she above is still trying to get attention. See previous posts. It takes A LOT more than an online troll with a chip on his/her shoulder to strike a woman’s nerve. We ain’t that weak. Exhibit A: my grandma, mom, cousins, aunties and all the fierce women who stood up for women in my life. Oh and my daddy too who with a janitor’s education told us at 5 years old that he was a feminist. You go daddy. In fact daddy kept an auto under the bed in case anyone tried to mess with his momma, daughters or wife (and son for that matter). Did I mention he would skip meals just to make sure me, my sister and my mom got our college educations from some top schools? Yup, feminist. Daddy would not be caught dead making a rape joke and would fight anyone who even tried. My brother still refers to my grandma as M’am cause daddy would not allow it any other way. Now carry on, see previous posts. Start a rape jokes are ok support group if you wish. Sounds like you need it.

    • Me

      hm… no nerve was struck yet your last comment has nothing to do with anything… unless you’re somehow telling me that your dad was once accused of rape, i have no clue what you’re talking about.

    • K.C.

      Nice try & attempt at bait Mr/Ms bully. See previous posts. Reading IS fundamental. Carry on.

  • K.C.

    What a jerk and insensitive thing to joke about Cosby. THIRTY women. Come on dude. Hire new Publicists and figure out how to make this right and how to put your fans at ease. Right now, it is just not looking good Mr Cosby. Not. at. all.

  • Mary Burrell

    He’s playing it close