Three weeks after comedy legend Bill Cosby returned to the stage for the first time in years; Yale University has announced that it will not rescind his honorary degree, a move that puts them on different sides with places like Penn.
Yale spokesman Karent Part explained why they reached that conclusion: “Any change to this long standing practice would have to be taken up by the Board of Trustees (which is the body that confers degrees) and it is not under active discussion.”
Penn had defended their process by stating: “We view these as extraordinary and essentially unique circumstances that call for an immediate, decisive, and clearly ethical response.”
Mr. Cosby chose to break his routine and showed up on the stage unexpectedly at a concert in late January.
The event was in memory of the great jazz musician Tony Williams, and the presence of Cosby was kept a secret until a couple of hours before the start of the show.
This was Cosby’s first appearance on stage since May 2015, when his career suffered severely after close to 50 women accused him of sexual misconduct, leading to the cancelation of his tour at the time.
Since then, the disgraced 80-year-old comedian has been staying out of the public eye amid a neverending legal battle.
The concert took place at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia, and Cosby performed in front of about 50 people, wearing a casual gray sweatshirt with the inscription “Hello Friend” on it.
Besides telling funny tales to the audience, the comedian also sang and played the drums with the jazz band. He entertained the guests with stories about his family and told some jokes on topics like aging or problematic sight.
It looked like nobody among the viewers thought about the numerous allegations that were made against the comedian in the past, as no one brought up the subject during his performance.
The overall atmosphere was filled with joy as people enjoyed the jokes Cosby was making.
His near future is not so bright though, as his next trial is scheduled for April 2018, after the previous one fell apart due to the jury’s inability to reach a consensus.