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Bill Cosby’s set disrupted by chants of ‘We believe the women’

The protests continue.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Jan 10, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:25 pm CDT

Bill Cosby has faced a steady stream of rape allegations over the last few months, but he’s still continued to do standup. This has led to some protests from audience members and unfortunate jokes by Cosby. During a Thursday show in Ontario, he told one woman leaving her seat to get a drink, “You have to be careful about drinking around me.”

Friday night at his final Ontario show in Hamilton, Cosby faced a chorus.

A three-minute video posted by Peter Kim of Global News Toronto shows Cosby on stage at the beginning of his set as roughly 20-30 audience members chanted, “We believe the women.” Other audience members screamed, “We love you, Bill.” That was followed up by a man calling Cosby a rapist.

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Calls for the police to eject hecklers were shut down by Cosby, who instead called for calm. Hecklers were eventually escorted out of the venue.

People entering the show were allegedly given warnings that they were not to heckle or disrupt the performance, or record it.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cosby ended the show by asking the remaining audience to “take what has been a wonderful time and let us hold no enemies anywhere.” Cosby released a statement after his Jan. 8 show saying he was “far from finished.”

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2015, 2:04 pm CST