On Jan. 7, Bill Cosby returned to the stage for the first time since being slammed with a number of sexual abuse allegations. For the first of three scheduled shows in Canada, the Associated Press reports that Cosby walked on stage wearing a sweater that read “hello friend,” accompanied by two posters of himself with Nelson Mandela. His return, according to the AP, was then met with a standing ovation from a hall that was about two-thirds full.
However, outside the Ontario location, more than a dozen protestors carried signs that read, “Rape is no joke,” among other things. They reportedly shouted “You support rape” and “Shame on you” at the comedian. A few protesters even tried to block the doors of the venue until security stepped in.
Cosby’s next Canadian performance is scheduled for Thursday night, with another scheduled for Friday.