…And before you go, “No, ew, Cosby is a rapist and a garbage human,” really stop and think, because that was my knee-jerk reaction too.
I’m posing the above question in the first place because Star magazine just printed its nauseating “Most Hated Celebrities” list, and while Swift came in at #1, Cosby ranked #13, right above Gwyneth Paltrow (she must just, like, always make the top 15) and right below Katy Perry (what?! I mean, I don’t like Katy Perry per say, but wtf did she do to in the past year to be more hated than serial rapist Bill Cosby?!).
Other people we supposedly hate more than Bill Cosby include the entire Kardashian family, Madonna (what?! I love Madonna. Go to hell, Star) and Beyoncé (what?! Didn’t Lemonade come out this year? Don’t we love Beyoncé?). Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith also rank above Cosby, which is less absurd, but still, they didn’t rape anyone.
Hate is a funny thing in that it’s extremely active (as opposed to disgust or distaste, which are passive). For many, there’s something pleasurable about hating (oh come on, admit it), particularly when it comes to hating someone who is more attractive, more successful or more talented than they are. Sure, just about everyone is disgusted by Cosby, but this is a man who’s way past his “best before” date. His fate is sealed. Cosby ain’t coming back. In fact, we should be embarrassed as a culture that it took us this long to hold him accountable for his countless (60-ish, for now) vile actions. When we talk about Cosby, we’re also alluding to our own failures, and where’s the fun in that?
Wouldn’t it be more pleasurable to actively take down a pop star in her prime? A woman who’s dated a who’s who of the men of our dreams? Wouldn’t it be fun to expose her as a phony and ruin her perfectly curated life? Apparently, yes, because that’s exactly what we did. And, lucky for us, it all played out in a real-time soap opera, masterminded by our 2nd most hated woman: Kim Kardashian.
We love to hate a white, blond, fake-seeming superstar (look at how our hatred for Gwyneth Paltrow has persevered), but that tendency is only making ourselves uglier. So next time you’re about to send that bitchy tweet about whatever starlet sucks that day, take a moment and decide if you’re comfortable living in a world in which we hate Taylor Swift more than Bill Cosby, because I, for one, am not.