To true comedy fans, Hannibal Buress is one of the most well-respected new stars of the past five years or so. To those unfamiliar with Buress, however, he’s now just a guy who called Bill Cosby a rapist. Thanks to one of thousands of concert goers these days who just can’t seem to enjoy the moment but instead felt the need to illegally record and upload a clip from Buress’ Oct. 16 show in Philadelphia, Buress is under fire for calling the iconic Cosby a rapist. While the joke is, of course, rooted in truth — Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 women throughout his life — Buress’ use of hyperbole — in this case, just flat out calling Cosby a rapist knowing he’s never been convicted — hasn’t been taken lightly by many. Still others are applauding Buress for having the balls to even bring it up.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said on stage in Philadelphia. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. ‘I don’t curse onstage.’ Well, yeah, you’re rapist, so I’ll take you saying lots of motherf—ers.”
As one of the most beloved entertainers of all time, Cosby is often given a pass for his alleged past transgressions. In a recent 544-page biography by Mark Whitaker, in fact, there is absolutely no mention of the allegations. This morning Buress visited the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, where Howard asked him about the Cosby bit.
“I’ve been doing the bit on and off for six months. It was unexpected. It wasn’t my intention to make it part of a big discussion,” Buress told Howard Stern. “It was just something I was doing at that venue right there. So for someone to put it to the media, it’s crazy.” Stern then makes the point that when he’s seen some the things he, himself, has said on the Howard Stern Show in print, it takes on a totally different meaning. “Yeah, you take the energy away and put it in print and let people who are not even your fans, that don’t know your intent. It’s an interesting thing but it’s just part of the game.”
Check out the clip from SiriusXM below.