With the current Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations gaining much attention on several outlets, comedian and actor Faizon Love recently expressed his opinion on the matter. Love’s raw perspective and unfiltered words online caused an uproar in itself. We had a moment to catch up with Love, who went on to explain to Comedy Hype his support for Cosby, thoughts on Hannibal Buress, the lack of support from others, and why he thinks Cosby shouldn’t be convicted before even going to court.
CH: Our conversation starts just as news on the passing of former DC mayor Marion Barry was announced. Love quickly tied his stance for Cosby with Barry’s death being headlined as ‘Crack Mayor Dead,’ on certain media outlets.
LOVE: See, that’s the problem, we let the media label our leaders; we don’t have a say who are leaders are anymore. They’re already convicting Bill Cosby. I’m not saying he did it or didn’t do it, but I’m saying don’t convict him on Twitter/Instagram. He hasn’t been to court. No one has been to court but he’s guilty? He even lost his NBC show because the media is lynching Mr. Cosby. This is the same man that had the show that changed America in the 80’s. So now his new NBC show deal is gone, and nobody has been to court?
CH: SO IS JUSTICE FOR COSBY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?
LOVE: Not even justice, but acknowledgment that social media has the power to destroy any of us based on heresay. Somebody can say anything now and we just jump on it without due process. I think I’m most frustrated with the people that have been supported by Bill Cosby, namely the HBCU Alumni (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for years and no one is being brave enough to demand he not be crucified in the media. His son’s murder didn’t get this much attention and he was murdered on the 405! his son’s murder! There’s a lady by the name of Izola Curry, you know who she is? When Martin Luther king was fighting for African-Americans, she (Curry) was a black woman who walked up to him and stabbed him through the heart. That’s what is going on; symbolically the black media is doing the same thing to Mr. Cosby who has been a pioneer for the images of African –Americans for decades in the form of TV/Film/Commercials/Stand-up/Producing/Financing. If this can happen to him, no American is safe.
CH: DO YOU THINK COSBY SHOULD REMAIN SILENT ABOUT THE ACCUSATIONS?
LOVE: What can he say? I said one thing (tweets) and now people are saying I’m this and that. What can he say? There’s other issues in America, children are being murdered everyday without national media coverage. Ferguson? That happens everyday in South Central, Watts, Detroit, and Chicago. There’s a story right now in Dayton, Ohio. This man was buying a toy gun for his son in a Walmart, and the police came in and shot him. Why is that not getting national coverage? These women come out from 30 years ago, so what is he going to say? Its like someone saying Faizon Love is a bird killer. How do I defend that? I’ve never shot a bird in my life.
CH: COSBY WAS CONSIDERED A PIONEER FOR BLACK COMEDIANS, BUT YOU SEEM TO BE THE ONLY BLACK COMEDIAN THAT IS PUBLICLY SHOWING SUPPORT FOR HIM NOW, WHY IS THAT?
LOVE: Because they’re scared. I just see them as being scared. How are you going to repeat something that you don’t know? They didn’t do that with Kramer, who called everybody ‘N-words’. They were only upset with him for a week.
CH: YOU DIRECTED SOME OF YOUR ATTENTION AND TWEETS TO HANNIBAL BURESS, WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE WITH HIM?
LOVE: It bothers me that he would be so careless to start this vigilanty movement against Bill Cosby then disappear. I don’t even know him but Mr. Cosby deserves his day in court like anyone else and not the court of public opinion. Buress must not understand or respect that he’s doing stand-up on a main stream level because of Bill Cosby.
CH: YOU THINK BURESS SHOULD SAY SOMETHING?
LOVE: Yea, he should say something. His joke sparked this whole thing. People on the internet don’t understand how the law works. All someone has to say is Faizon did it, and now it doesn’t have to be true. See it has happened to me before, I was in Seattle and someone said “Hey Faizon hit me.” I was detained by the police, missed a show which cost me money, and then later they found out it was all false.
CH: YOU’VE BEEN RECENTLY CRITICIZED FOLLOWING YOUR COSBY TWEETS ABOUT YOUR CHOICE OF LANGUAGE?
LOVE: Yeah, I get that my position is getting lost in translation because of how I’m expressing myself. I’m trying to control that because I feel passionate about the issue at hand and I don’t want people using my language or defensive tweets to ignore the real issues.
CH: HOW DO YOU THINK COSBY SHOULD HANDLE THIS?
LOVE: Well the thing is he’s older. I have to trust that he’s doing what he feels is best. It feels like somebody is coming after my father. That’s how every person should view this media attack; like it could easily be someone in their own family. Accusations without a conviction are just that—accusations. It just bothers me that people who claim to believe in the judicial system would resort to a media execution. Who is next Smokey Robinson?
CH: DO YOU THINK RACE IS PLAYING A FACTOR ON HOW COSBY IS BEING TREATED?
LOVE: Uhh yeah. (laughs) No black man is raping no white woman in 1969 and getting away with it. How? If they thought your grandfather raped a woman in 1969 you would not have known your grandparents. Look at 14 year-old Emmett Till, he whistled at a white woman and was killed.
CH: IF MAJORITY OF COSBY’S ACCUSERS WERE BLACK WOMEN, YOU THINK THINGS WILL BE PLAYING OUT SIMILAR?
LOVE: Man they wouldn’t even support those women. They would be like, “Y’all lying.”
LOVES’s final words:
I’m not saying he did it or didn’t do it, I don’t know what he did. All I’m saying is let them handle that with the law, we cant just get on the media bandwagon and say “lets go get Cosby.”