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Bill Cosby really shouldn’t have asked Twitter to meme him

That awkward moment when rape jokes are sort of OK.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 10, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 5:55 am CDT

I think all of us will remember where we were when this was tweeted from Bill Cosby’s account amidst a national discussion as to whether the legendary comedian is a serial rapist.

And meme him Twitter did, though not in the innocuous way Cosby’s social media team for some reason expected. In fact, very few people had anything nice to say about the guy. Most focused on the fact that Cosby was accused in a civil lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting 13 women—the suit was settled in 2006—a matter that came to light again recently following comments by fellow comedian Hannibal Buress.

Consider yourself warned: These tweets are brutal.  

Reasonably sure Bill got in trouble for that before. RT “@hueyknew: #CosbyMeme @BillCosby

— Coolian Whipopoulus (@CoolWhipIV) November 10, 2014

Oh man, these are making my day! #CosbyMeme

— Cornhole West (@Floyd_Banks) November 10, 2014

This one should easily get approved! #CosbyMeme

— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) November 10, 2014

Still waiting on my @BillCosby meme to get approved! I wonder what’s taking so long… #CosbyMeme

— Drew Coombs (@random_tangent) November 10, 2014

RT @BillCosby: Go ahead. Meme me! #CosbyMeme

— sailor goon (@meowmanifesto) November 10, 2014

Smh this guy @BillCosby a savage #CosbyMeme

— Migo Gang (@MisAmigosATL) November 10, 2014

#CosbyMeme I think I got it @BillCosby

— Selma Thighyek (@ridinwit_AK) November 10, 2014

#CosbyMeme Oh Boy!

— E.J. Coughlin (@ejc) November 10, 2014

Don’t mind if I do… #CosbyMeme

— Rusty Redenbacher (@rustymk2) November 10, 2014

@BillCosby Well, okay #cosbymeme

— Mike (@MacGarnagle) November 10, 2014

.@BillCosby This is fun! #CosbyMeme

— Matthew Bramlett (@matthewbramlett) November 10, 2014

BRUH RT @JLspruill: CHRIST RT @EXXO__: #CosbyMeme

— Keep Mitch McConnell (@WaymoTheGod) November 10, 2014

I hope this never ends #CosbyMeme #CosbyProblems

— sideshowRaheem (@sideshowRaheem) November 10, 2014

Someone’s getting fired. #cosbymeme

— Adam Hammer (@AdamHammer) November 10, 2014

might as well join the mob #CosbyMeme @BillCosby

— Overdue Refunds (@FartoloColon) November 10, 2014

What is it they say in show business? Something about knowing your audience?


— Christina Warren (@film_girl) November 10, 2014

When you can’t drag a man into court, trial by Twitter has got to be the next best thing.

Photo via The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2014, 9:25 pm CST