Was Marvin Gaye a pedophile? Lemme find out.
In any case, Public Enemy rapper and legend Chuck D really stepped in it this past weekend, becoming the 29,388th celebrity to hyper-conditionally defend Emmy-winning rapist Bill Cosby via Twitter.
We are living in a wild bizarre time. Character assassination very real DrCosby & ConFed flag down in same week.Status is currency to masses— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 12, 2015
They're taking his name & statues down but is every situation giving his money back to him since its dirty money? #BillCosby— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 12, 2015
Question do some of yall start stop listening to Marvin Gaye records because of drug addiction? Attempted murder? Wife Abuse? Pedophilia?— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 12, 2015
Grotesque and abusive behavior has, in fact, convinced many fans to turn their backs on otherwise amazing musicians. R. Kelly, for instance. And wifebeater James Brown. And, yes, even superproducer Phil Spector, who is a convicted murderer. While fans haven't universally discarded these entertainers and their respective legacies, their destructive behavior nonetheless warrants some measure of scrutiny, no?
"No way Im defending Cosby," Chuck D clarified later Sunday morning. The rapper then offered Nazi Germany as a point of comparison that really makes you think.
No way Im defending Cosby.But this wiping history out wit a swoop is akin to Nazi book burning.Context is everything.PhilSpector still plays— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 12, 2015
I wasn't defending anything but I ain't naive either nor was I a kid in the 80s swept totally by a TV show. I'd already watched Cosby in 60s— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 12, 2015
In the 1960s, Bill Cosby was a young acquaintance of Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner. Why Cosby's famous friendship with Hefner apparently discounts the credibility or severity of the 30-plus rape accusations against the nationally beloved comedian isn't quite clear.