I think it’s fair to say that we were all pretty shocked this year when over 40 women came forward with rape allegations against one of America’s most beloved comedians, and friend in our head-Bill Cosby. Before the allegations, most of us viewed Cosby as a father-like figure, an uncle, a pal…a play cousin. I mean after all, he was a funny guy who wore every ugly sweater our dads wished we’d never bought them, and all he ever wanted to do was eat a nice, tasty submarine sandwich on the comfort of his own couch. He made funny faces, did commercials for Jell-O pudding, and was so nice to all of his kids on The Cosby Show…I mean, REALLY, you’d have to be a monster not to like the guy.
But now, 30 years since the launch of The Cosby Show, and in the wake of some very serious allegations, we’re being forced to distance ourselves from the character we know and love, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, and take a really hard look at the man behind it all-Dr. William H. Cosby.
Nearly two decades after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on Black life in America and in the midst of President Ronald Reagan’s “war on drugs,” network honchos at NBC took a huge gamble: They put a strong, loving and successful Black family on prime-time television.
Debuting in September 1984, The Cosby Show was based on the stand-up comedy routines of Bill Cosby, already a celebrated Hollywood staple, and loosely mirrored his family life.
Well, well, well. I’ve never been more aware of rape culture than now in this very moment. I mean, I knew it existed, but social media has a way of bringing things to the light. It’s interesting to see how people view women, sexuality, their rights, and more importantly, their rights to their own bodies. Yesterday, a video surfaced of singer August Alsina fondling a fan onstage. The responses have been mixed. Take a look.
Things haven’t been looking to good for Bill Cosby…for a while now. 20 plus women have come forward with accusations of rape and sexual assault over the years, but let’s be honest…a lot of us gave them major side eyes at first.
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference. Cosby’s attorney said Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 that Cosby will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response, the first reaction from the comedian to an increasing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
According to the Associated Press, Bill Cosby admitted back in 2005 in a deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. These documents were made public today after months of speculation and accusations from alleged victims.
Well in case you thought Bill Cosby was finished, think again! Cosby is letting his fans know that he is here to stay. Using the tagline “Far From Finished” on all of his marketing materials, Cosby is still on tour, telling (not so) funny jokes, and you guessed it-people are still paying to see him.
I haven’t done a piece on Bill Cosby for many reasons. In the midst of 20 plus rape allegations, honestly, I STILL don’t know how I feel about it all. In the past few months, more than 20 women have come forward accusing Mr. Cosby or rape or attempted rape, all of their stories eerily similar, and all of them equally disturbing to hear. In the beginning, I had conflicting feelings about the entire situation.
For those of you who saw the box office hit “Dear White People”, (a movie I LOVED by the way) you know that one of the main characters was Tyler James Williams, the actor we all know and love as “Chris” from “Everybody Hates Chris.” In “Dear White People”, Tyler plays a geeky, freshman writer by the name of Lionel Higgins, who also happens to be…gay.
Though the idea of him playing a role like that may have surprised some of us, (myself included) in reality, we have to admit, it really shouldn’t have. I mean, we DO know there are gay people in the world, and we DO know that art imitates life. Yet, for some of us, it was still hard for us to digest.