NEW YORK — With just one tweet, Kanye West succeeded at creating yet another Twitter storm.
The rapper caused an uproar on Twitter Tuesday, when he tweeted: “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” West gave no explanation as to how he got to such a conclusion or any context as to why he made such a controversial comment. In fact, he moved on and posted about another hot topic — NBA star Lebron James’ new NIKE sneakers.
West’s declaration of innocence for Cosby — who is charged in a sexual assault case in Pennsylvania and has been publicly accused of assault by more than 50 women — did not sit well with many people, including celebrities like actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.
“Kanye!! You can’t be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thanks to a statue of limitations ON RAPE. Oy,” Silverman wrote.
Host of TruTV’s “Billy On The Street” also weighed on the controversial tweet.
“Are we sure Kanye isn’t just a character from Zoolander?” Billy Eichner wrote.
Many more people took to Twitter to vent their displeasure with the artist.
“Awh man. This isn’t good. Don’t… man… You’re putting me in a weird position here,” one user wrote to the artist.
“You’re really upsetting me and all women pls stop,” another person wrote.
In the Pennsylvania case, Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his home in 2004.
Some wonder if all of this is a stunt so that the spotlight can be on West’s next allbum, “T.L.O.P,” set to be released Thursday?