With the recent unsealing of a 2005 deposition, the evidence is now all but overwhelming that comedian and actor Bill Cosby drugged and raped dozens of women over the course of his career.
So when 19-year-old Richéy Collazo saw some Cosby defenders bubbling up on his Twitter feed, the Virginia teenager had had enough. In a 30-second video, posted to Twitter, Collazo laid down the facts for Cosby apologists and asked some hard questions of his own.
"Bill Cosby is not your dad. Bill Cosby is not a father figure. Bill Cosby is not an inspiration. Bill Cosby is not a black leader. Bill Cosby is a rapist. That's all Bill Cosby is. And the fact that some of you are caping so hard for somebody who coulda raped your mama, your auntie, one of your cousins, is really sad. And it says something about a lot of you ... Like, you know that he is a rapist, but you're going this hard to deny facts, why? Are you a rapist?"
Collazo told Mic he was particularly outraged by a tweet he saw from the rapper Lil Duval which complained about about the recent New York cover featuring 35 women Cosby is suspected to have raped, instead of news about the death of Sandra Bland. Duval said the Cosby decision had nothing to do with rape, but was rather about "selling magazines."
"That really upset me," Collazo said. "I was like, 'We can focus on more than one thing.'"
Collazo, like many of his generation, grew up with Cosby, if only in reruns. "People my age have a problem distinguishing the actor from the people they played," he said. "Bill Cosby is not Cliff Huxtable."
To date, since the allegations resurfaced during a monologue by comedian Hannibal Buress, 46 women have come forward to accuse the former television star of at least some degree of sexual impropriety. In the ensuing months, Cosby was forced to resign from the board of Temple University and saw the new show he was set to star in on NBC canceled.
Even with the emergence of a decade-old deposition, in which Cosby admitted to drugging women with quaaludes in order to have sex with them, statutes of limitation laws almost ensure he will never face criminal charges for his past misdeeds.