A spokesperson for Bill Cosby, who was just sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault, compared the actor’s trial to the persecution of Jesus.
After Cosby posed for his mugshot, his spokesman Andrew Wyatt (seen with him above) reportedly demeaned the trial and lashed out against the result. He said the trial was “racist” and “sexist” before comparing the whole event to the crucifixion.
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby just made a statement outside the courthouse calling the trial the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States. Wyatt continued by saying, “They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.”
Yes, the United States has a history of institutionalized racism and abuse against minorities. But this is not an example of that. In fact, it was demonstrated in court that Cosby was guilty of sexually assaulting at least one woman — though several other allegations fell outside of the statute of limitations.Jesus sexually assaulted zero women.
Jesus also wasn’t persecuted because of the color of His skin.
Even if you give Wyatt the benefit of the doubt, he was trying to say good men, like Jesus and Cosby, are attacked by society. But this whole trial — and years of speculation regarding women’s claims about Cosby — has always been about how “good” Cosby actually is.
In that clip, you can also hear Wyatt implying that God is actually on Cosby’s side, saying “Mr. Cosby knows that God is watching over him. He knows that these are lies.”
It’s not surprising that Cosby’s spokesman thought bringing God into this was a good public relations move — Christians always love a good persecution narrative — but it won’t help Cosby. God won’t be able to restore Cosby’s image in the public sphere. And since the 81-year-old Cosby has effectively been given a life sentence, there won’t be time for a comeback. We won’t see him for another three years, much less three days.
See? Not like Jesus at all.
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