On Wednesday, Laura Bradley wrote about the 30 Rock joke that appears to call out Bill Cosby for the rape allegations against him. It was on an episode that aired in 2009, a time when few prominent people were talking about those allegations. The episode was written by 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey.
Back in 2005, when the allegations against Cosby were in the news, Tina Fey was co-host, with Amy Poehler, of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. And she not only mentioned the allegations on the show, she highlighted the reason other people—specifically, in this joke, Kenan Thompson, being a good sport here as usual—didn’t want to talk about them: because Bill Cosby was a powerful man who could affect someone’s ability to get work.