Everybody loves a good Bill Cosby rape joke – even Bill Cosby.
The scandal-ridden comedian acknowledged the sex allegations against him for the first time Thursday when he jokingly told a woman to be careful drinking around him at a show in London, Ontario.
Last week 77-year-old Cosby performed his second show in a row since he began canceling appearances in the wake of sexual-assault allegations from more than 15 women. Other than two men being ejected from the audience for yelling “We don’t love you, Bill!” and “You are a rapist! I’m being ejected because you are a rapist!”, the Thursday show went off without a hitch and Cosby even threw a Bill Cosby rape joke in for good measure.
When a woman in the front row rose and started walking out, Cosby asked where she was going, to which she responded to the lobby to get a drink. “You have to be careful about drinking around me,” he replied. The remark was met with gasps – quickly followed by laughs and applause from the predominantly pro-Cosby audience.
Cosby issued a statement after the show, addressing the confrontation:
“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.”
Apparently the hecklers were far from finished too. During the third and final show of his Canadian tour, Bill Cosby was confronted by a group of about 30 women who stood up and removed their coats to reveal white T-shirts with the words “We Believe the Women” on the fronts and backs. Chanting, “We believe the women”, the hecklers left the venue voluntarily but after the women left, a man stood up and shouted, “You’re a piece of shit. You rapist,” before being escorted outside.
Cosby refrained from making any more Bill Cosby rape jokes during his final show in Hamilton – but don’t worry – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler picked up where he left off at the Golden Globes: