US comedian Amy Schumer has taken a brutal swipe at the attitudes surrounding the numerous rape allegations levelled at Bill Cosby.
In a sketch filmed for her Comedy Central TV show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian sets the scene inside a court room and the closing arguments of the state v Bill Cosby – with Schumer defending Cosby.
Set against the prosecution's extensive evidence, Schumer proposes that the jury and judge move against a conviction in the sketch because otherwise it will make them feel bad.
“If convicted, the next time you put on a re-run of ‘The Cosby Show’ you may wince a little, you might feel a little pang," she tells them.
“And none of us deserve that. We don't deserve to feel that pang. We deserve to dance like no one's watching, and watch like no one's raping.”
Schumer has conceded that the episode featuring the four-minute clip, released on YouTube yesterday and already racking up tens of thousands of views, may be the most controversial yet.
“I think we probably talked about this scene more than any other scene we’ve done,” Schumer told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival panel in April, when she revealed the show’s writers had spent hours discussing how to tackle the issue.
The US comedian Cosby, presently facing multiple charges of rape some of which stretch back to the 1960s, has consistently denied all wrongdoing and has not faced any criminal charges.Reuse content