By Abby Phillip
© 2014, The Washington Post.
If you’ve followed director Judd Apatow’s Twitter musings for the last several weeks, his views on the rape allegations against Bill Cosby won’t come as a huge surprise.
But over the weekend, Apatow went on a lengthy anti-Cosby rampage. He slammed Cosby’s “cold” defenders for siding with the comedian. He compared Cosby’s lack of conviction in a court of law to Hitler dying without being convicted of murder. And he labeled Cosby “a rapist” and “a monster.”
“I wish he wasn’t a rapist too. I am not sure why you feel the need to protect him,” Apatow told one Cosby defender.
“I always wonder why some people try so hard to not believe women who have been assaulted. What is the root of that?” he tweeted at another.
During his epic tweetstorm, Apatow also questioned why two Canadian venues – the Center in the Square and Budweiser Gardens – still have Cosby on their January performance schedules.
“Is Cosby only popular in Ontario Canada at this point?” Apatow wrote. “Do people still find him delightful after 30 accusers?”
Asked by one follower why he had an “obsession” with Cosby, Apatow quipped: “I guess it’s because guys who rape a lot aren’t cool.”
Cosby has never been convicted of any of the allegations against him, but the recent allegations threaten to permanently tarnish the reputation of one of America’s most beloved and powerful comedians.
Apatow’s outspokenness is rare among entertainment industry figures, who have remained largely silent on the allegations that have swirled around Cosby for years but have reached a fever pitch over the last several months.
Save for a few of Cosby’s celebrity defenders like comedian Whoopi Goldberg and singer Jill Scott, the response in show business has been non-existent. Hollywood, it appears, prefers to stay out of the fray.
“Almost nobody here will acknowledge that Bill Cosby has been accused of rape x30,” Apatow tweeted earlier this month.