In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Wednesday night, Hannibal Buress intimated that he had received a number of death threats from anonymous sources, after he bravely joked about Bill Cosby’s many rape allegations late last year. Buress undeniably received a score of positive attention, too, for calling into question Cosby’s continued popularity in the face of such damning evidence of abusive, predatory conduct. But Cosby has no shortage of vocal apologists, and several have chosen to go to the mat for their man by threatening Buress’ life.
“The weirdest thing about getting a death threat from a male body builder-slash-stripper on Facebook is when you click on his profile and see that you have one mutual friend,” he told Kimmel. “And then having to hit your friend up and say, hey man, can you tell your buddy to stop saying he’s going to murder me?”
Sadly, it doesn’t seem terribly shocking that defenders of a man standing accuse of serial rape would resort to threats of violence in an effort to prove a very hollow point. We hope for his sake and ours as fans that Buress has significantly beefed up his security team, but won’t be daunted into silencing his very outspoken, very hilarious viewpoints.