Remy Ma defended Bill Cosby and implied he was a victim of a corrupt justice system during an appearance on the State Of The Culture web series.
After panelists Scottie Beam and Jinx said they were glad Cosby was convicted, Remy admitted she was skeptical of Cosby’s accusers.
“Where’s the evidence of this? Besides the women that are saying this, is there any other evidence?” Remy asked.
The rapper implied some of Cosby's accusers were lying about their experiences.
“I feel like 60 is a lot. I find it hard to believe out of 60 women, all of y’all were scared?” she continued.
Host Joe Budden argued that when over 10 people make the same accusation, their claims become more believable. A passionate Beam explained how it can be difficult for rape victims to come forward.
“It’s not easy reliving and recounting these situations that you go through that are extremely traumatic. It’s not that easy. Rape kits, having to be touched and examined all over again after you’ve been violated, is not easy. And also on top of that, having people like you sit here and say you don’t believe them,” Beam said.
Remy didn’t back down. She brought up Cosby’s accomplishments and his age, saying she doesn’t believe he was able to follow the court proceedings. She also mentioned the woman who accused Drake of raping and impregnating her.
“I’m defending people that have been done wrong, not only by the system and by people that lie, people that go on bandwagons, I’m not saying that every one of them is lying but out of 60 women, when I sat down and listened to them, I felt that some of them were lying. I feel like some of them are not telling the truth,” she quipped.
The Love and Hip-Hop star brought up young white man Brock Turner’s lenient sentence to further illustrate her point.
“If you feel comfortable outside behind a dumpster, I’m sure this isn’t the first time. The higher up you are in the public eye, especially when your skin is [black], they love to tear people and bring them down,” Remy continued. “When you have people like Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump, had there been 60 white women up here like ‘Yes! He did it’, No, you wouldn’t.”
Remy concluded her argument by saying she doesn’t believe jail is enough of a punishment for rapists.
“As women, this always underlying ‘I’m scared, I was afraid, I was this,’ I think they are valid. But I think as women, we have a responsibility as well, not just to ourselves, but to other women,” she said. “Because if I’m violated … I want something to be done. I don’t want them just in jail. I want them violated like I’ve been violated … I want you to not use your d**k ever again.”
Remy’s comments drew heavy criticism.
Remy Ma is ignorant. I respect everybody opinion, but it’s a thin line between opinionated and ignorant. She ignorant to the point where she’s dismissive to others views + she’s justifying Bill Cosby actions like she didn’t slander Nicki for her brother being a pedophile. #SOTC— Tha Gifted (@ronthagifted) October 1, 2018
Remy Ma really sat on a televised show and perpetuated the idea that sexual-assault survivors are liars and there’s no evidence that proves Bill Cosby is guilty. This is precisely why we have to complicate our political commitments. I am not rooting for everybody Black.— Evette Dionne 🤷🏾♀️ (@freeblackgirl) October 2, 2018
I hope Remy Ma knows that Bill Cosby had and probably still doesn’t have nice things to say about her or her fellow rappers. https://t.co/NHJpilwHEc— ☀️♈️Wakandaleezza Vers🌓♓️ (@luthalangston) October 2, 2018
The way Remy ma defends black men is annoying and she does this on the basis of skin colour. The situation where she chooses to do so is actually gross e.g. Bill Cosby, sexually irresponsible black artists that impregnate groupies. Not one thought for the victims, smh— Baelilah🐯🦁 (@Zahra_XIII) October 1, 2018
Remy Ma is big hot trash for those comments on Bill Cosby. You asked for evidence and Scottie Beam literally gave you the most important piece of evidence and you brushed it off entirely.— Holla Berry (@CodyDominic_) October 2, 2018
Beam spoke about the episode on her Instagram page and shared her own #MeToo story.
"This episode, I do get extremely passionate about survivors of sexual violence," Beam wrote. "I know many people who are survivors and I am a victim of sexual assault (attempted rape) by two boys when I was barely in my teens ... although, I could never speak for women who were raped. I can speak about paralyzing trauma and silence. I can only imagine building up the courage to open up about it and it being thrown in your face."
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Before this new release of #SOTC episode, because i don’t know how much is edited out. I need to speak on it. I was reassured this weekend that i never ever have to apologize for being overly passionate. This episode i do get extremely passionate about survivors of sexual violence. I know many people who are survivors and i am a victim of sexual assault (attempted rape) by two boys when i was a barely in my teens... although, i could never speak for women who were raped. I can speak about paralyzing trauma and silence. I can only imagine building up the courage to open up about it and it being thrown in your face. Having to convince others that your trauma is real.. and reliving it while you convince said people. In my younger years, I’ve tried to joke my way through talking about it. Push it far back in my mind. Only to find out it would continue to grow. Until i was ready to get help. Please. Don’t let this convo discourage you. Seek help when you are ready. If you need anyone to speak to, i am here. I will never ever not speak passion behind the things that matter to me. That’s all. Enjoy the episode.
Watch the full interview below. Cosby is the first topic of discussion:
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