Some celebrities are going off on Kanye West after the rapper sparked a Twitter outcry when he tweeted that Bill Cosby is "innocent" of accusations he sexually assaulted women.
BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016
Sarah Silverman tweeted:
Kanye!! You can't be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thanks to a statute of limitations ON RAPE. Oy. https://t.co/3ekYD43uMs— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 9, 2016
Actor Patton Oswald said:
There are easier ways to trend, Kanye.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 10, 2016
Comedian Scott Aukerman poked fun at the rapper and his upcoming album, where he keeps changing the title:
I like "Swish" better RT @kanyewest: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!— Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) February 9, 2016
TV personality Bill Eichner tweeted:
Are we sure Kanye isn't just a character from Zoolander?— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 10, 2016
The 38-year-old rapper’s tweet was one in a series of posts about his new record and upcoming fashion show in New York City. It surprised some who follow the rapper on social media.
More than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them in episodes dating as far back as the 1960s. He is currently awaiting trial in Pennsylvania on sexual assault charges, the first criminal counts filed against him.
Cosby's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the charges and after a two-day hearing last week, Judge Steven O'Neill rejected it. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8.
The 78-year-old comedian had denied any wrongdoing.