Bill Cosby's wife of 54 years, Camille, released a three-page statement Thursday morning saying her husband was found guilty by "mob justice," blaming the media for their "frenzied and relentless demonization of him," and was immediately scorched on Twitter for it.
It's probably a good thing for Camille that she isn't on the platform, because the vast majority of responses to her statement, which was posted on Bill Cosby's various social media pages, ranged from mean spirited to much, much worse.
"Once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law," the statement read. "This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country."
One of the points in the statement that hit hardest for many people was her comparison of Cosby's guilty verdict to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till after a white woman alleged the 14-year old flirted with her in a store (a violation of the Jim Crow laws of the time). Till was abducted from his house by the woman's husband and half-brother, beaten, mutilated, shot and thrown in the river. Cosby was found guilty through the legal court system and awaits sentencing.
It's hardly a reasonable comparison to Bill Cosby's case, and it was one of several cases of racial injustice Camille brought up in her statement. She also lashed out at the district attorney, saying, "Bill Cosby's defense team introduced the testimony of a witness who confirmed that the district attorney's witness admitted that she had not been sexually assaulted, but that she could say she was and get money ... which is exactly what she did."
She then called for a criminal investigation into the D.A. and his team. "How much longer will we, the majority of the people, tolerate judicial, executive, legislative, media and corporate abuses of power? We, the majority of the people, must make America what it has declared itself to be....a democracy...not to be destroyed by vicious, lying, self-absorbed paradigms of evilness.
One of the jurors told "Good Morning America" that his vote to convict was a direct result of Cosby's 2005 deposition where he admitted that he had drugged women before having sex with them. Twitter was more than happy to remind Camille of that, with still others suggesting she needs to just stop. Below are some of the most passionate responses to Camille's statement.
It's not inconceivable Camille Cosby would stand by her husband. But, with such vitriol? It makes me wonder what she knew, and when she knew it now. Her husband was raping dozens of women for 40 years. He has now been convicted of one of those assaults. It's not hearsay.
Camille Cosby -- there is no comparison between what your husband was convicted of doing to Andrea Constand and what happened to Emmett Till. It's a disgrace that she even had the nerve to think that much less write it. pic.twitter.com/FlKFTnDfj2
Camille Cosby isn't responsible for her husband's actions, but she is responsible for her own. She knows that her husband is guilty -- he admitted to drugging women -- but still she chooses to lash out at prosecutors and blame the victims.
I was willing to consider Camille Cosby yet another one of Bill Cosby's victims- right up until she brought up Emmit Till. No, Camille: Bill is alive, unbruised, & whole. An open casket at Bill's funeral will NOT be a brave, courageous statement of defiance against hate.
Camille Cosby comparing her scummy husband to Emmett Till is one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard. The lynching of a boy is NOT COMPARABLE to your famous husband being convicted of a crime.
I don't believe for a second that Camille Cosby was clueless about her husband's sexual assault habit. Call it denial or whatever, but it's disgraceful that she's attempting to deflect the conversation to matters of race instead of acknowledging his monstrous behavior.
Camille Cosby really comparing Bill Cosby's situation to Emmett Till's? You should've stayed quiet and faded into the background like you've done all these years when your husband was doing his dirt. pic.twitter.com/uyOSmSGpjT
i find the existence of camille cosby almost comforting in a weird way bc she's a clear indicator that it's not always internalized misogyny or stockholm syndrome or whatever but that, as humans, women can have a full range of personalities and that includes "asshole"