Cosby conspiracy is not so likely

You know, as much as we’re sick of the whole Bill Cosby scandal story, now and then something pops up that drags us back in because it is so irksome:

We speak of a recent story that revolved around Cosby’s former TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, who, according to something posted on Yahoo, “has provoked outrage on social media after her defense of the scandal-plagued comedian.”

“Forget these women,” she told Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated.”

All right, two things:

1. Anger on social media? Who cares? Getting angry at Rashad, or anyone else, on social media is like throwing a snowflake into a blizzard. It is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of snowflakes already flying around and no one pays any attention to a lone snowflake in a blizzard, let alone a social media flake in a blizzard of Tweets.

2. “Orchestrated?” Did she say, really, “orchestrated?” Is she out of her mind? Orchestrated by whom? Who in the wide world cares enough about Cosby, or fears him enough, to orchestrate these charges against him? He was, perhaps still is, a terrific comedian but he’s not exactly a threat to the republic or even to other comedians.

What gets into people? What convinces them that someone, some great conspiracy of someones, is orchestrating such a plot? Is it just disbelief? Is it just, “Well, I never saw Bill do anything like that, so it can’t possibly be true”?

We have no idea. But we wish:

1. People would just realize that social media, because there is so much of it, is a sheer waste of time and effort and that for the most part, posters have little to say anyway.

2. Few are conspiring against even fewer.