Comedian Damon Wayans devoted a chunk of his Labor Day weekend to defending himself, after sparking outrage with his comments about the alleged rape victims of Bill Cosby.
Former “In Living Color” star Wayans kicked off a storm of controversy during an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 on Friday, claiming that the sex scandal surrounding Cosby is a “money hustle” and deeming some of Cosby’s alleged victims as “un-rape-able.”
Wayans also questioned the alleged victims’ decisions to come forward decades after the alleged assaults.
“How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?” Wayans posited. “If you listen to them talk, they go, ‘Well, the first time …’ The first time? Bitch, how many times did it happen? Just listen to what they’re saying and some of them really is un-rape-able. You just look at them and go, ‘You don’t want that. Get out of here.'”
Stop twisting my words. Watch the entire interview before u condemn me! http://t.co/yQqPMB23kL
– Damon Wayans (@DamonkWayans) September 6, 2015
After the backlash kicked in, Wayans took to Twitter and accused his critics of “twisting my words.”
“Stop twisting my words,” the comedian wrote. “Watch the entire interview before u condemn me!”
Wayans included a link to a snippet of the interview in which he states, “For anybody who was raped by Bill Cosby, I’m sorry. And I hope you get justice.”
Wayans posted the clip multiple other times, accompanied by the hashtags “#thisiswhatisaid.” “#thetruthdontlie” and “#donttakepiecesofmywords.”
During the interview, Wayans also suggested that Cosby was under such heavy fire because of his criticisms of black males.
“You know what Bill Cosby did wrong? He started criticizing young black men, and then he lost us, and so we’re not supporting him and they see that opening so now, you know what? ‘Attack him! Kill him!'” Wayans said. “But the dude from ‘7th Heaven,’ his show’s still on TV. Woody Allen‘s making shows and movies.’
Wayans concluded, “I just don’t believe this. It’s a money hustle.”