Bill Cosby, the latest in a string of celebrities asked to publicly weigh in on the Trayvon Martin case, said the biggest issue in the 17-year-old’s killing at the hands of 28-year-old neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is not race–it’s guns.
“I believe that when you tell me that you’re going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don’t want you to have a gun,” Cosby, 74, said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” broadcast on Sunday. “I want you to be able to see something, report it, and get out of the way, because you happen to be a part of the neighborhood. I don’t want you to get hurt. And I don’t want you to hurt anyone.”
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Bill Maher took to his “Real Time” pulpit on Friday to make a bold defense against those who condemned Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen for saying “I love Fidel Castro” in an interview. Maher encouraged his viewers to take a harder look at whether Guillen was truly out of line for proclaiming admiration for the longtime Communist dictator of Cuba, who handed power to his brother in 2008 but remains a powerful figure in Cuban and international politics.
Guillen made the comments to TIME Magazine last week, but later claimed that they were mistranslated and apologized profusely after he was suspended for five games. But Maher felt that the apology and suspension were completely unnecessary. “If you say something Communists don’t like, they take away your job and send you to a re-education camp until you come out with the one approved opinion,” Maher said sarcastically. “We wouldn’t want that here in America.” (more…)