Growing up Bill Cosby was my favorite comedian. Somewhere in the attic I still have every single one of his comedy albums which must be worn out as they were played hundreds of times each.
The allegations of rape against the man some feel was the real Noah are very perplexing. There is really no way to know who is telling the truth (except in the case of Janice Dickinson which seems like an aging “B’ list celebrity’s last gasp for attention).
On Tuesday evening, CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed Joan Tarshis, a woman who recently went public with an accusation that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1969.
Admittedly it is a tough interview, after all there is the real possibility the woman may be a victim of rape, any interviewer needs to be sensitive to that. Not Lemon though, during their exchange, Lemon questioned Tarshis on why she didn’t bite Cosby– use her teeth “as a weapon” when he forced her to perform oral sex.
Here’s their conversation:
Lemon: Can I ask you this, because, and, and please, I don’t mean to be crude, ok?
Lemon: Because I know some of you — you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.”
Lemon: And you said he made you perform oral sex.
Lemon: You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.
Tarshis: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.
Lemon: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?
Tarshis: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re —
Lemon: As a weapon.
Tarshis: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.
Lemon: Biting. So —
Lemon: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.
Tarshis: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.
Perhaps the best commentary on the Lemon’s interview techniques were found on twitter under the hashtag #donlemonreporting. There people anticipated other Don Lemon interview questions:
Why didn’t those kindergarteners at Sandyhook just shoot back? #DonLemonReporting
— Rabid Turducken (@rabidbadger) November 19, 2014
9/11 would never have happened if those towers had just gotten out of the way of the planes. #DonLemonReporting
— Alex Halpern (@HalpernAlex) November 19, 2014
— T (@ILuvKaraoke) November 19, 2014
“I dont know why you think my idea that Poland could have ‘just moved’ in 1939 is so absurd.” #DonLemonReporting
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 19, 2014