On Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that there is no precedent for revoking the U.S. Medal of Freedom from the comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Although people have asked him to do so, he states, “there’s no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.”
The President then refrained from commenting on the case, but made sure to give us his definition of rape when asked by April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks.
“If you give a woman or a man, for that matter without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape,” Obama said at a White House Press Conference.
Earlier this month, details on the 2005 lawsuit were revealed and it showed that Cosby admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women that he wanted to have sex with.
Shortly after Obama gave his definition of rape, online petitions began, asking Obama to revoke the medal that former President George W. Bush awarded to Cosby on June 21, 2002. Where Cosby was praised for appealing to the “common humanity of his audience” through his well-known sitcom and other performances.
But will the petitions influence the White House to revoke the medal from Cosby or will he be able to keep his medal in peace?