The entertainment industry-wide Rorschach test that’s arisen from the rape allegations against Bill Cosby has developed an ugly new blob of ink, with In Living Color star Damon Wayans Sr. calling out Cosby’s accusers for running a “money hustle” on the veteran comic. Talking to morning radio chat show The Breakfast Club, Wayans— showing the same firm grasp of good judgment that brought Blankman into existence—referred to some of Cosby’s alleged victims as “unrapeable,” and questioned why they waited so long to bring accusations against one of the world’s most rich, powerful, and beloved men.
“I think he was in relationships with all of them,” Wayans theorized, before slipping into what may be the least funny Bill Cosby impression in the long history of un-funny Bill Cosby impressions: “‘You know what? I’m 78. It don’t work no more. I can’t get it up for any of y’all. Bye, bitches.’” Wayans then imagined said “bitches”—that is, the more than 40 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and then sexually assaulting them over the years—responding with, “‘Oh, really? Rape!’”
Wayans’ comments came at the end of a much longer interview, in which he held forth, unfiltered, on topics ranging from his firing from 1986 Saturday Night Live, to his relationship with his brothers, to Tracy Morgan’s recent settlement with Wal-Mart. Wayans attacked every subject presented to him with an aggressive level of candor, which was actually kind of refreshing, right up until he started asking, for example, whether Bill Cosby’s penis was so big, “It gives you amnesia for 40 years,” at which point honesty kind of ceases to be its own reward.