Why Has Woody Allen’s Career Survived and Bill Cosby’s Has Not?
Amazon announced today that Woody Allen will write and direct a series for the company. Two months ago, Netflix announced it would no longer air Bill Cosby’s comedy special; he also saw NBC scuttle discussions for a new sitcom.
So: We have two septuagenarian comedy icons, one white and one black, both recently mired in accusations about long-ago sex crimes. . . but one is rewarded with an exciting new gig, while the other is having his career annihilated.
But why is one entertainer surviving a sex scandal while the other is not? Let’s try to break this down.