Richie Branson: A bunch of friends and I were sitting around having a deep conversation about the whole Cosby scandal and the idea suddenly hit. While the entire Internet was making memes to inject commentary into the discussion, we decided to take it a step further and create a video game.
TUD: Did you intend for the game to be humorous?
RB: The intent was definitely to make the game as absurd and funny as possible, not to trivialize rape, but to use that humor as a motivation for people to continue to talk about the scandal. As crude as it may be, the game is meant to help the fight to keep these serious allegations from being swept under the rug.
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TUD: What are your thoughts on the whole Cosby scandal?
RB: There’s an old saying, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” There’s a lot of women telling very similar stories about their experiences with Bill Cosby. I personally know women who have survived rape. There’s a lot of fear and shame that comes after an experience like that, and I can definitely empathize with how hard it must be to come out and speak on it. Those who judge the women coming out with these allegations while hypocritically telling the world not to judge Bill Cosby are only making it harder for other rape victims to come forward. In the end, people need to remember that celebrities are not what they portray on TV. They’re just as capable of doing wrong as the average person.
What do you think of the game? Check out “Pill Bill” here.
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