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Hannibal Buress dismisses Bill Cosby jokes, calls fallout 'weird'

By Marilyn Malara   |   Jan. 19, 2016 at 9:21 AM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Comedian Hannibal Buress didn't expect such extensive fallout following a joke he performed calling Bill Cosby a "rapist."

Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday, Buress called the aftermath of the joke, and the public's response to Cosby as "weird."

"I do a lot of other [expletive]," Buress, who was present to promote his upcoming Netflix special, said according to Variety. "It's weird that it happened like that. I was calling a bunch of other comedians rapists and that was the only one people took seriously...That's just one joke people took and really ran with it."

In October 2014, a mobile phone video showing Buress on stage discussing Cosby's contradictory message went viral. The joke is as follows:

"And it's even worse because Bill Cosby has the [expletive] smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. 'Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the '80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.' Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby...I've done this bit on stage, and people don't believe. People think I'm making it up...That [expletive] is upsetting. If you don't know about it, trust me. You leave here and Google 'Bill Cosby rape.' It's not funny. That [expletive] has more results than Hannibal Buress."

During the interview with the press, Buress sat next to fellow comedians John Mulaney and Patton Oswalt, also preparing for special releases on Netflix.

"Hannibal was doing fine without [the Bill Cosby jokes]," Oswalt asserted. "He'd be sitting here now if that had not happened. He was on a trajectory (already) as far as being bulletproof as a comedian."

Buress had in the past said he hadn't meant his Cosby joke to have garnered so much attention. In November of last year, he described himself as an "accidental whistle-blower," on the matter of the multitude of rape allegations against Cosby.

"[The media] put me too much at the front of that [expletive]," he told Entertainment Weekly at the time. "I was just doing a show."

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