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Jill Scott Finds Disconnect in Media Treatment of Bill Cosby’s Legacy to Rocker Phil Spector

Jill ScottJill Scott, who took to social media earlier this month to retract her statements in defense of Bill Cosby, now has more to say on the matter.

Once standing on Cosby’s side and giving him full support, Scott withdrew her support, once Cosby’s 2005 deposition revealed that he did in fact buy drugs with the intent to give them to his sex partners.

“Proof will always matter more than public opinion,” she wrote on social media. “The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted. I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla.”

Yesterday, Scott spoke with the Huffington Post about her recent thoughts on the comedian. While she no longer backs Cosby as being innocent in the ongoing situation, Jill Scott believes that it is unfair for his “legacy” to be dismantled if you will, and other celebrities don’t suffer the same consequences.

“I’ve watched—let’s say for instance, Phil Spector. I don’t know if that was a proclivity or a moment of insanity, or whatever it was. But he killed a woman,” she said. “And he was tried and convicted and is serving time and is still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’m noticing that Bill Cosby—or the legacy—is being pulled apart inch by inch. I’m saying what is fair for some should be fair for all, where if the punishment fits the crime then it should be dealt with for everyone not just some.”

Cosby has since the allegations hit the media, lost ties with TV networks, universities, long time supporters, and more, ultimately tearing Cosby from his adored pedestal.

Scott also stated in the conversation, “I’m just saying being a creator or being an artist that is a Black man—that is beloved—is one of the most dangerous positions you can ever be in. Respected is one thing, but beloved is dangerous. And more importantly than everything else, they’re just people. Fallible and sometimes f*****d up.”

Scott has recently released her fifth album, Woman. In the music business for 15 years, the award winning artist hasn’t always been as vocal about her views and opinions. Recently that has changed, and she owns it fully.

Scott told the Huffington Post, “Finally I can say ‘I’m a grown ass woman.”

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7 thoughts on “Jill Scott Finds Disconnect in Media Treatment of Bill Cosby’s Legacy to Rocker Phil Spector

  1. She has a point. There are double standards however right is right and wrong is wrong. Rape is just that. WRONG

  2. Edward Lozzi says:

    Sorry Jill Scott- comparing a gun crazy murderer Phil Spector, who was tried by his peers and went to prison for his deeds- to Bill Cosby a date rape drug serial rapist who got away with it criminally because of Staute of Limitiations and threatening his rape victims for 40 years, is not fair..and it has nothing to do with race which you seem to have brought up for some reason. Edward Lozzi, Spokesperson and member of the Friends of Lana Clarkson (murdered by Phil Spector)

  3. I think what she said has validity..she's not saying that Cosby shouldn't be punished, she's saying that his life's work is being dismantled while Spector's artistic achievements are intact, even while he serves time in prison for murder. And race always has something to do with the criminal injustice system and how crimes committed by black men, women and children are always portrayed as more pernicious or vicious than when committed by whites. This is fact. But I think for Bill, it just comes down to he got away with it and thought he was an 'insider' and maybe pissed off someone due to arrogance and has quickly found out just how much they really think of him. May more of these sambos get their wake up call.

  4. Ashley Allen says:

    a serial rapist, drugging, sexually assaulting countless women, children even, 7 of the victims, minors. sorry Jill, don't think there is any celebrity or person alive that we can compare this monster to, black, white, or purple, he is the most prolific rapist of all time. there is not enough things possible to take away from him that could begin to pay for his crimes. the disconnect is that if he were a regular person (not famous) he would be in prison for the rest of his life. he deserves death.

  5. 2. Whoopi got right up to the line and back away. I have never believed that nonsense, and I never will. I read 66 pages of the disposition and nowhere did Cosby admit raping or drugging anyone. He spoke of one Jane Doe that he had a relationship with in the 70s and they took Quaalude and had consensual sex. No one in that disposition made those allegations until recently. The disposition was cherry picked, and the idea that the power-that -be give a dam about some women taking drug and having consensual sex and then flipping the script and claiming rape. If that is believed then the public is more gullible that I ever expected. Those women are out here for a reason, doing what they do best, but the real deal is stuck away and out sight, so they have broke their "code of silence" for a reason, they were ordered to do so.

    So the question is: who did Bill Cosby criticize and piss off?

    We know he criticized Trump about running for President in 2011. And Trump was very vocal about Cosby saying of Bill Cosby, “I’ve never been a fan of Bill Cosby. I've never liked him…I think he's guilty as hell. I mean, he's looking guilty…And that last week's event was very bad for him where they had the sealed documents unsealed." When asked if Cosby should lose his Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trump said he would try if he were president, "I think you could take it away." Using the same standard, Trump’s ex-wife’s disposition makes him look guilty as hell as well but she can’t utter a word without getting his permission, she did not deny the comments she made. The Daily Beast reported that Trump wife said her disposition that he raped her and pull out her hair, she repeated in her book, but Fox News jump to defend him, “Leave Trump alone that is in the past!"
    Oh really then back off Cosby that was in the 70s, three decades ago. They defend their own. Black people need to stop buying into the propaganda and scapegoating of talent and successful men of color and assume it a moral issue. Morality has nothing to do with this. The Liberals, the feminist group NOW and Teacher Union defended Bill Clinton and demonized the many women who accused him of sexual harassment and rape.

    Gloria Alfred and the feminist didn’t picket the Playboy Mansion or go after the rich and famous for their drug use, abuses and womanizing. The Jews defended for 30 years Jonathan Jay Pollard who stole intelligence and pass it to the Israelis doing more damage than any American spy, they defended and requested a pardon for Mark Rich who committed serious crimes against the United States and then he fled the country when he was called to account for his conduct. The Jews defended and fought after death for Leo Frank who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering one of his factory employees, 13-year-old Mary Phagan, in Atlanta. Frank was hung in 1915 by a mob and the Jews would not accept the conviction and in 1982 sought a pardon after all those years, and black people are supposed to throw Cosby under bus and sit back while they removed his successful program after all he has done for Black people and Colleges because he pissed off, allegedly The Donald and suddenly the pawns were triggered to do what they do best. No one charged him and he was never been sentenced but tried in the court of public opinion and Black people are side stepping? Are you mad? Throw him under the bus when hell freezes over, this is what the system does and black people defense is based on the merit, not some moral relative mumbo-jumbo, to other wise is undermine " due process and equal protection of the law. Time changes but human nature remains the same. 2.

  6. 1. So, with history guiding us, this is not about drugs and rape as I have pointed out below. The question still remains: who did Bill Cosby piss off because watching 35 women march out of the shadows, I was immediately reminded of Manning Johnson and of course, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote:

    “Be still, for what you are stands over you and speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say!"

    Considering feminism was the construct of Marx and Engle and has its roots in communism, very little has changed (e.g. “Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation, (2002) by Kate Weigand). For those who are unfamilar with Manning Johnson, let me introduce you to him.

    Manning Johnson, 1958 book, "COLOR, COMMUNISM AND COMMON SENSE:" wrote:

    “Ten years I labored in the cause of Communism. I was a dedicated “comrade.” All my talents and efforts were zealously used to bring about the triumph of Communism in America and throughout the world…Being an idealist, I was sold this “bill of goods” by a Negro graduate of the Lenin Institute in Moscow.

    Being a Negro top communist, I was placed on the National Negro Commission, an important sub-committee of the National Committee of the Communist Party On this Commission, which was created on direct orders from Moscow to facilitate the subversion of the Negroes, I began to realize the full implications of how the Negro is used as a political dupe by the Kremlin hierarchy. Under the guise of “unity of black and white in the struggle,” several top white communists were placed on the National Negro Commission.

    These white communists wielded more power than the nominal Negro heads of the Commission. In a word, they are like white overseers. Every Negro member was aware of the fact that these white overseers constituted the eyes, the ears and the voice of the Kremlin. Moreover, these white overseers are the surest functional guarantee of the maintenance of the “hierarchical authoritarian” control of the Kremlin over their Negro lickspittles directing the conspiracy among Negroes in America.

    Indeed, it is the white group on the National Negro Commission that holds full sway. They flatter one or two top Negroes by making them feel they are actually participating in the formulation of policy by consulting with them prior to meetings of the Commission… Usually, the Negro who is broken is accused of “petty bourgeois nationalism,” that is, placing the interests of the Negro above the interests of the Communist Party.

    In this connection, I observed how white women communists are used as political prostitutes, cohabiting with high-level Negro communists in order to spy on them. Through such intimate relations, these white women communists are able to elicit information pertaining to family background, sources of income, marital difficulties, arrests, convictions, opinions on Communist policy and Communist leadership. This information is invaluable to the red hierarchy in their relations with their Negro lickspittles. In top red circles, this is known as “bedroom politics.”

    White Communist women are also used to maneuver top Negro reds into compromising positions that, if revealed, would result in public scandal or disgrace. In this way, the reds make these Negroes permanently subject to blackmail if they ever consider leaving the red movement. Moreover, this information is used to destroy the credibility of the defectee, should he decide to fight the red conspiracy."
    To understand the presence, one must know and understand the past or repeat it.

  7. woody allen, roman polanski, jerry lee lewis. The list goes on and on. Caucasian men can be artists and sexual deviants, Men of African descent are just deviants. Jill is alluding to the Caucasian fear of Black Male sexuality and how it has to be contained or at least women have to protected from it. And she is ONE THOUSAND PERCENT correct that to be a Black Male artist that is beloved is dangerous. It's dangerous because we African descendants always have a huge influence on American culture, much larger than our numbers represent. That is why Dr. William Cosby, Ed.D's legacy has to be dismantled.

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