Bill Cosby reportedly jokes about rape during Canada standup

Cosby's controversial performance sparked protest, an arrest, and a poorly timed rape joke.

 

Ramon Ramirez

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Published Jan 9, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 7:41 pm CDT

Bill Cosby returned to the standup stage this week in Ontario, Canada. Thursday, Cosby reportedly made a rape joke to one specific woman in the audience. The audience then paused, and roared with laughter. This according to National Post reporter Richard Warnica, who livetweeted the performance.

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The performance was later interrupted by a male in the audience.

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But overall, Warnica reports that the crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Cosby. Outside, it was a different story as protesters showed up in full force.

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Late Thursday, Cosby’s publicist issued a statement deriding the incident as “one outburst.” Cosby’s statement ends with defiance: “I’m Far From Finished.”

Update 12:25am CT, Jan. 9: Here is footage from the performance as the man is being ejected.

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Photo via Kenya Allmond/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jan 9, 2015, 1:58 am CST