If This Is 40 director Judd Apatow and Bill Cosby were ever to cross paths, we have a feeling the encounter would be far from pleasant. After all, Apatow did just reveal that he “would like to see [Bill Cosby] in jail.” That’s a pretty bold statement. Ever since over two dozen women alleged that Cosby sexually assualted them, Apatow has made it crystal clear via his Twitter timeline that he’s their biggest supporter.
During a recent interview with Marc Maron for the WTF podcast, Apatow revealed the reasons behind his sniping about the famed comedian.
"I can understand why someone would say, 'Why does Judd care about this?' I don’t know, I have two daughters. I'm a comedian. I see him a little bit as our comedy dad. It's like finding out your comedy dad is a really evil guy. You want to say, 'Hey, does everybody care about this? That he's doing that?' And when the community is pretty silent, then I feel like, 'Well, if no one is going to talk, then I'm going to talk.' If everybody was talking about it, I probably wouldn't have much to say about it. But I don't want it to suddenly disappear and then he kind of just goes back out on the road and does his thing."
Despite the aftermath of allegations against Cosby, such as Netflix postponing the release of the stand-up special, “Bill Cosby 77” and NBC pumping the breaks on a new sitcom collaboration, he had the gall to make light of the situation. During his show in Canada last week, he told a woman from the audience that, “you have to be careful about drinking around me.”
It’s one thing to be in hot water, but it’s another to be in boiling water—and in this case, Cosby is immersed in the latter. He sees nothing wrong with using his recent comedy gigs as a platform for making crude jokes about the matter yet he continues to turn a blind eye to overt speculations. Which is exactly why Apatow is justified in being “strangely obsessive” about Cosby on Twitter.
Here are the Bill Cosby tour dates. 23 cities.People in these communities should let the theaters know how they feel. pic.twitter.com/oNX2ltuAWe
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 13, 2015
Apatow also mentioned in the podcast interview, "One thing that I do know is I'm not comfortable with him running around the country doing stand-up like nothing's happening.” He added, "I guess, on some level, I feel like I can't be a part of solving that many problems in the world—I do my best to get involved where I can be effective—but this is our neighborhood. [...] I absolutely would like to see him in jail. That's where people who commit sexual assaults go.”
Until Cosby gives us answers—we say tweet your heart out, Apatow.
What do you think about Judd Apatow's anti-Cosby stance?