One joke from the 2016 Emmy Awards left Tina Fey stunned.
During Sunday night’s broadcast of the awards, an announcer stated that Bill Cosby would be making an appearance.
“Ladies and gentlemen, four-time Emmy Award winner, Dr. Bill Cosby,” the announcer stated.
The audience was silent, but some notable faces spoke for themselves. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper looked shocked. Fey, on the other hand, mouthed the words, “This has to be a joke,” to good friend Amy Poehler.
When Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel returned to the stage, he confirmed it was a joke, but it seemed to fall extremely flat.
“He’s not…don’t worry, he’s…he’s not really here. I just wanted to see what you guys would do,” Kimmel said.
Cosby has been accused of being a serial rapist. According to Daily Mail, more than thirteen women, whom say that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over the years, have agreed to testify against him in court. Cosby, allegedly, assaulted his victims since the 1960s.
While Fey is right to consider this joke to be inappropriate, she should not get off easy. Both she and Poehler have made jokes about Cosby’s alleged pattern of sexual assault in the past.
“Cinderella ran away from her prince, Rapunzel was thrown from a tower… and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Poehler said, according to Daily Mail.
Both women went on to say in Cosby-mimicked voices, “I put the pills in the people. The people did not want the pills in them.”
The bottom line is that it is never an appropriate time to make a sexual assault-themed joke. Granted, both Fey and Poehler do condemn Cosby for his alleged assault, but this situation should never be a laughing matter.