Activists to protest Bill Cosby performance at Wilbur
Activists are gearing up for protests at the two Bill Cosby shows at The Wilbur Theater, hoping to call attention to allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted more than two dozen women throughout his career.
“We plan on protesting as long as the show is scheduled to continue,” said Brandie Skorker of Boston, who began organizing the demonstration in January and now has the backing of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Cosby is scheduled to perform two back-to-back shows at the Tremont Street venue, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are still on sale. Wilbur officials could not be reached for comment.
Skorker said she is hoping at least 200 people attend the protest. According to a Facebook page for the scheduled event, called “United With Survivors: Bill Cosby Boston Protest,” 318 people plan on going.
Protesters are meeting Friday at Boston University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism to create banners and signs.
“Rape culture is so pervasive,” Skorker said. “Each and every chance we get, we need to identify it and call it out, and say that it is unacceptable and harmful to our community.”
Gina Scaramella, the organization’s executive director, said her group will have staff members and volunteers on hand in advance of the shows.
The Rape Crisis Center also contributed to a Twitter chat this week, which focused on planning Sunday’s action.
“We think it’s a really important part of our community that people who have been victimized , and experience sexual violence, have a voice and supportive platforms to be visible,” said Scaramella.
Lawyers representing Cosby have repeatedly denied the sexual assault claims, which resurfaced in October after a video clip of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a “rapist” during a show in Philadelphia went viral.
Since then, Cosby has been the focus of public scrutiny, with dozens of women accusing him of sexual assault. The “Cosby Show” star has not been charged with any crime.
Recent Cosby performances elsewhere have been canceled or met with protests.
Skorker said as long the Boston shows go on as planned, protesters will be lined up outside, making their message known.
“We will be encouraging attendees of the protest to dress warmly,” she said. “[We want] to show the survivors of Cosby’s violence, and all survivors of sexual violence, that we support and believe them.”