Video: poet Nikki Giovanni calls out Bill Cosby—seven years ago

The allegations are mounting.
The allegations are mounting.
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“Will somebody please hospitalize Bill Cosby?”

This was a question asked not in response to the 15 women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, but rather in an otherwise unrelated speech by award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni at the Miami Book Fair International in 2007.

She made her thoughts on Cosby abundantly clear, questioning his character at a time when he was questioning everyone else’s. Giovanni accused the legendary comedian of womanizing and fathering illegitimate children all while he was lecturing the black community about the need for better morality.

Here’s Giovanni’s four-minute rant:

Giovanni wasn’t the only one making these accusations back then. Others also dug into the story, based on statements from Cosby’s alleged victims, but the accusations didn’t gain widespread attention until now.

“It just makes me so mad,” Giovanni said.