A group in Pittsburgh is extremely displeased at the thought of Bill Cosby being scheduled to appear at Heinz Hall. The stop is part of the Bill Cosby 77 tour that has been making it’s way around the nation in the midst of allegations that the comedian drugged and raped more than a dozen women. The tour has been shaken up by an unwelcoming response as a result of this news.
Diana Fletcher, a local Certified Life Coach, has been speaking out about her opposition to the tour coming to Pittsburgh. On January 20th, 2015, Diana launched a petition on change.org to postpone Cosby’s February appearance in Pittsburgh. As of this post, 25 supporters have signed up to back the petition.
From the letter to Heinz Hall:
Heinz Hall has been a leader in our city’s cultural revitalization and as we continue to progress in society’s recognition of rape-culture, please be a leader now…
Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform his comedy act at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh on February 21st. We ask that this event be postponed until the allegations have been properly addressed.
The letter concludes with a heartfelt plea that Heinz Hall continue being a “symbol of excellence”.
The Burgh wouldn’t be the first city to block Bill from having an event. The Wrap put together this list of other cities that successfully got Cosby bus to be rerouted – and some that didn’t. Where will Pittsburgh land on that list?
What do you think: Should Heinz Hall let the people decide whether to have Bill Cosby in Pittsburgh with ticket sales? Or should they hear the pleas of this petition and cancel the show? Please comment below…
Where is it?
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
When is it?
February 21, 2015 (cancelled)