Malcolm-Jamal Warner: Why Vitriol Toward Cosby, but Less Toward Woody Allen and Stephen Collins?

Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner made it clear that he’s “in no position to defend” Bill Cosby concerning the dozens and dozens of sexual assault allegations leveled against him by women.


But Warner suggested during an interview with The Real that he does think there’s a double standard at play concerning white male celebrities who have endured similar controversies. Guys like Woody Allen, Stephen Collins and Roman Polanski.

Warner says that they haven’t taken as big a hit in the media as Cosby.

“You look at how the media is playing this whole thing out. I can’t help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Stephen Collins,” he said. “It’s very clear the crimes they’ve committed.”

“But there’s no one calling for Woody’s movies to be pulled off the air. Roman Polanski is still celebrated. Stephen Collins’ show still comes on. So it’s just interesting how it’s very unbalanced,” Warner contined.

“They were trying to take Mr. Cosby’s star off the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Warner said. “I am in no position to defend him, because I can’t. But nor will I throw him under the bus.”

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