When Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish revealed last week that legendary comedian Bill Cosby, who’s been embroiled in sexual assault allegations over the last several years, was one of her comedic inspirations, she ignited a social media firestorm.
“I still want to work with Bill Cosby,” Haddish told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t care, I’ll drink the juice. I’ll drink the juice. I’ll take a nap. I don’t give a damn. But seriously, I would love for him to play my grandfather in something,” she quipped.
Of course, it wasn’t long before the internet chimed in. “I’ve been rooting hard for Tiffany Haddish but I find nothing funny about her making light of Bill Cosby drugging women,” wrote one user via Twitter. “Waiting for @TiffanyHaddish to issue her apology lol,” wrote another user. One more chimed in, “I really wish Tiffany Haddish hadn’t said that about Bill Cosby.”
Another person who didn’t understand Haddish’s remark was Gloria Allred, who in recent years, has represented several of the TV icon’s accusers.
“Ms. Haddish appears to have made a laughing matter of the serious issue of drugging and sexual assault, but drugging and sexual assault are not a laughing matter,” Allred told Fox News at the time. “These allegations against Mr. Cosby are serious and not funny and should not be made the subject matter of attempted humor. Ms. Haddish should consider apologizing to those individuals who have been victims of sexual assault after being drugged.”
Now, the actress-comedian, 37, has come forward to address her controversial comment. On Thursday, while speaking on a panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, she said, “What I said was a joke.” She added, “You’re going to say some bad jokes.”
Haddish admitted that the point of her statement was to make it clear that she’s “not afraid to do anything. I’m not afraid of any kind of job. I’m not afraid to play any kind of girl as long as it doesn’t compromise my morals,”
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been interviewed before. You do 27 interviews and you’re supposed to be humorous all that time. You’re gonna say some bad jokes. You’re gonna come up with a few not-good jokes,” she said, per Variety.
“I’ve been through things. I’ve been victimized,” she added. “I don’t agree with what he did or anything, but, at the end of the day, I’m not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.”
“That’s what I was trying to say, and I was trying to do it in a humorous way.”
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