Bill Cosby memes were still flooding Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, a day after the comedian asked his followers to use his photo to make joke graphics. Instead, he got graphic jokes. Internet users utilized Cosby's meme generator to create images with messages about his rape allegations.
Thirteen women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual abuse. When Andrea Constand sued Cosby in 2004, 12 other women signed on as witnesses -- the statute of limitations had expired on their allegations, so they had nothing to gain financially from the lawsuit -- to report that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby privately settled the lawsuit in 2006, Mic.com reported.
So, when Cosby asked the Internet to meme him on Monday, users parodied his old jokes and repurposed them to make statements about sexual assault. Although any submitted memes had to be approved by Cosby's website administrators, people took screenshots of their creations and posted them to Twitter.
The users were likely reminded of the accusations against Cosby by comedian Hannibal Buress' October stand-up routine in Philadelphia. He addressed the disparity between Cosby's reputation as "America's dad" and the allegations.
"Bill Cosby has the f---ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate," Buress said. "'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. So, brings you down a couple of notches."
Cosby did not comment on the meme fiasco, Mashable reported. His representatives installed text filters that forbid people from using words like "rapist," but users found ways around them, Think Progress reported. Cosby's team then pulled the meme generator and tweet from the Web.
The only post Cosby has made since then was about the exhibition he loaned to the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African Art. Comments on the site were closed.
See a few of the memes below. Some may include offensive content:
— ActionFigure Autopsy (@mikewank) November 11, 2014
— Jason Steele (@FilmCow) November 10, 2014
— Myka Fox (@MykaFox) November 10, 2014