America’s favorite sitcom father and alleged rapist, according to a handful of victims that have come forward, wasn’t always so shy about discussing his predatory behavior.
Bill Cosby may have given NPR’s Scott Simon the silent treatment when asked about sexual assault allegations that have come to light in recent years, but a 1969 stand-up routine proves the comedian isn’t a stranger to drugging women’s drinks — a tactic Cosby allegedly used during his attacks, as detailed by at least three women who have written about their encounters with the legendary comedian.
You heard that right. Cosby’s stand-up routine poked fun at drugging women’s drinks and yes, the audience laughed.
Pretty fucked up, eh?
Here’s a transcript of the routine (tracked down by the Village Voice’s Alan Scherstuhl) that describes hunting down some “Spanish fly” — an “aphrodisiac” that, when slipped into a woman’s drink, will make her, uh, “hot.” Actually, it’s a drug that would probably kill you. But back to Cosby’s routine:
It always happens when you’re 13, only when you’re 13 on up ’til when you get married. Guys standing around and talking about Spanish fly.
“You know anything about Spanish fly?” “No, tell me about it.”
“Well there’s this girl Crazy Mary, you put some in her drink man, she, ‘Haaaaaaaaaaaaah.'”
“Oh yeah, that’s really groovy man, Spanish fly is groovy, yeah.”
From then on, any time you see a girl: “Wish I had some Spanish fly.”
Go to a party see five girls standing alone: “Boy if I had a whole jug of Spanish fly, I’d light that corner up over there. HAAAAAAH.”
“I had flown to Los Angeles from New York to work on a monologue with Godfrey Cambridge. Two women I was staying with were friends of Bill Cosby, and they took me to have lunch with him in his cottage at Universal Studios, where he was shooting The Bill Cosby Show. He was always generous with his food and drinks, though he never drank alcohol. But he always topped my Bloody Mary’s with beer, which he called a ‘redeye.’
“One day he asked me to stay after the shooting and work on some material with him. I was even more flattered and thought this would help move my writing career along. In his bungalow he made me a redeye, and I began to tell him about the earthquake Los Angeles had just had and the sound it made. He liked my ideas for an earthquake bit.
“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.”
And remember, she’s just one of many women with stories about having one drink and coming to half-dressed with Cosby in their peripheral.
Just keep that in mind.