My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
I met entertainer Bill Cosby in the late sixties when he was playing the lounge at the Sahara Hotel. Back then he seemed to be a very nice person and I never could imagine him being the type of person he was accused of being, which led him to end up in prison for three to twenty years.
Because I don’t know all the facts of the case, I am not going to make a judgment, but those who know me are very well aware how I feel about waiting a very long time to report a crime, especially when the accused is well known and very wealthy.
I never met Phylicia Rashad, the lady who played Cosby’s wife in the TV series that probably made them both well-known nationwide, but I have to say that Phylicia Rashad deserves a lot of credit for her behavior when Bill Cosby got in trouble.
It is easy to be friends with someone while that “friend” is in the spotlight, while that “friend” is enjoying fame and notoriety, but it
is not easy to be friends with someone who is in trouble, accused of a crime, and ends up behind bars.
Phylicia Rashad stood by Bill Cosby in the good days and during the hard times when the famous entertainer was in big trouble; right or wrong did not make any difference to Phylicia Rashad, and that, in my book, is a quality that not many people have nowadays.
After the Supreme Court reversed the case of Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad and others expressed support for him. But Phylicia Rashad
Ms. Rashad, who was recently named the dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts, wrote on Twitter, “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” (She later wrote: “I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth.”) and I always believe that one knows who their friends are when one is in a hospital bed, behind bars or facing a family tragedy or death. I am not one to go to parties, especially in private places. I am very paranoid about attending parties where the group is too big and I don’t know who half of the people are or what they might have in their pockets. I am no saint, but I have always been very paranoid and very afraid of losing my virginity.
I feel that Bill Cosby is very lucky to have a friend like his co-star, Phylicia Rashad, who is not ashamed or afraid to publicly be his friend and proudly supported him while he was down on his luck.
It is obvious that I don’t know all the facts in Bill Cosby’s case; I hardly even know him. Exchanging a hello is not knowing someone, but I hate for someone to be a victim of a crime and wait a long time to report that crime.
It is easy to accuse a well-known figure, a wealthy person or a famous entertainer when seeking fame or fortune. I have never seen an unknown person, a poor person, or even a homeless person being accused of sexual assault, rape or any of those degrading crimes.
Remember Mike Tyson? What was a front desk employee doing in his room late at night? Why was she sitting on the end of the bed, lying back so her miniskirt could go up to her waist?
Forget about Mike Tyson; many of my readers probably don’t even know who Mike Tyson is and some may not even remember the event. What about Steve Wynn? Remember him?
He used to own the hotel on the Strip that carries his name and the employee of the beauty salon accused him of “being disrespectful” with her, but she never refused to go to his office or suite. I believe that I read somewhere that every time she serviced the hotel owner she got a one thousand dollar tip (hard to refuse a thousand dollar tip) and not once did she refuse to go to the wealthy and generous client’s suite or office (I don’t know where he was when he called the beauty salon for service) because I believe it is hard to pass up a grand plus the price of the manicure or whatever it is that he requested.
That is why so many wealthy people give the impression of being arrogant or snotty or such, names that important people have been
called by others. It is not that they are arrogant or snotty, it is that those people are afraid to be misunderstood or taken in by some
other “friendly” acquaintance in a compromising situation which will later be used against them.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.