As we reported here, embattled comedy legend Bill Cosby was given a new reason to smile this week when he learned one of his sexual abuse convictions would be reviewed by a higher court (thereby granting him the right to appeal).
His wife, Camille, shared his elation as revealed in a recent interview with ABC News. Sitting down with resident anchor Linsey Davis, the 76-year-old waxed honest on her thoughts about prison reform and gender equality (as portrayed by the #MeToo movement).
Her comments will undoubtedly get tongues wagging, namely her comparison of her husband’s legal plight to the racially charged 1921 Tulsa massacre that left hundreds of Black Oklahoma residents dead after bombings and other acts of terrorism.
Hear her words inside:
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Camille, we have been in this fight together for 55 years and counting. You never wavered with your love and support for me nor our children. Today, your interview with Ms. Linsey Davis was strong & filled with TRUTH & Facts. I thank Jacqueline Jackson, Dale Cochran & Judith Rutherford James for highlighting your brilliance & strength. I thank the ABC News Team — Santina Leuci, Christopher Francescani & Linsey Davis for not editing your words. I sincerely thank the State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for agreeing to review my appeal & overturn the racial corruption of the DA & Judge. I thank Black Lives Matter for seeking justice for the injustice. To my bride, Camille, I love you forever & thank you, thank you & thank you. Bill Cosby #CamilleCosby #ABCNewsPrime #LinseyDavis #GMA #BlackLivesMatter #SCOPA #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished (Video credit ABC News/ @billcosbyis )
Though expressing her appreciation of the higher courts in the land giving her husband another chance to defend himself, Camille didn’t mince words with criticism of the movement that’s spotlighted his alleged past sexual misconduct: the #MeToo movement.
“First of all, I don’t care what they feel,” she said.“The #MeToo movement and movements like them have intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women — not all white women — but particular white women, who have from the very beginning, pertaining to the enslavement of African people, accused Black males of sexual assault without any proof whatsoever, no proof, anywhere on the face of the earth.”
Continuing, Camille explained:
“And by ignoring that history, they have put out a lie in itself and that is, ‘Because I’m female, I’m telling the truth.’ Well history disproves that, as well, and gender has never, ever equated with truth. So, they need to clean up their acts. And it’s all of us as women who have not participated anything nefarious — we know how women can lie. We know how they can do the same things that men do — that some men do — because there are good men and bad men. There are good women and bad women.”
As if the comment above wasn’t enough to stir controversy, she even compared her husband’s treatment to that of the Tulsa massacre in 1921 when mobs of white residents viciously attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma (once known as Black Wall Street).
“The parallel is that the same age-old thing about particular white women making accusations against black men that are unproven — Emmett Till’s outcome, to mutilate his body in the way that it was, was just really so deeply horrendous”
To end, Camille mentioned that she does not visit Bill in jail but she still supports his cause.
“In terms of visiting him, no, I do not want to see my husband in that kind of an environment — and he doesn’t want me to see him in that kind of environment. So we are in sync with that but I speak to him every single day.”
See the clip in full above.