"They persecuted Jesus and look what happened." These were the words that Bill Cosby's lawyer used to mark the sentencing of his client for three to ten years for sexual assaulting a woman in 2004. That would be the kind of hyperbole one might expect from a defense attorney, but one who lost his case in the face of fifty-nine additional accusers, over a span of nearly fifty years. Most accounts of the life of Jesus Christ have him living between thirty and thirty-five years. In order to generate that history of being tormented, he would have had to live longer, so maybe attorney Andrew Wyatt was drawing a more delicate parallel. “Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries. So, Mr. Cosby’s doing fine, he’s holding up well and everybody who wants to say anything negative, you’re a joke as well.”
A lot of people suggest that Jesus Christ was a black man. But I am not familiar with any part of the Bible in which the words "you're a joke as well" appear. An interesting retort, considering that when Cosby was about to be taken away, Janice Dickinson (one of the dozens of accusers) laughed slowly and loudly in the courtroom. “See I got the last laugh, pal,” the actress said as she looked at Dr. Cosby being led away in handcuffs.
And so this chapter of #MeToo comes to a close. Meanwhile other defendants and their attorneys attempt to make defenses out of thousands of years of male-dominated jurisprudence. CEOs and Supreme Court Justices will now be held accountable for their actions. It should be noted here that while Jesus didn't have a lot to say on the nature of comedy, or the last laugh, he did suggest that the meek shall inherit the earth. Or maybe just a good sized chunk of it in the settlement.
Or maybe the "weaker sex" isn't so meek after all.