Bill-cosby

The Cosby Show

I know what he (Bill Cosby) did was wrong, but i miss The Cosby show.

I remember couple of years ago, maybe 3. getting off at 10pm from my shitty customer service job. coming home to a blunt, a bag of doritos, and 2 episodes of the cosby show at 11pm on TV Land. those times were simpler to me.
Im on to a better job but i miss those moments of watching the show and becoming so attached to the characters (especially my guy cockroach) and plot twist (especially the infamous gordan gartrell shirt).
I know i can stream it, i know i can buy the seasons box set on amazon, and i probably should. but those moments are/were sentimental to me and its sucks the show’s reputation has been tarnished because of what one of the character actors turned out to be.

Im have much respect for Cliff Huxtable, not much for Bill Cosby

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I let race trump rape

“Like many of the women who say they were assaulted by Bill Cosby, it took me two decades to gain the courage to reveal it publicly. His accusers – mostly white, so far – have faced retaliation, humiliation and skepticism by coming forward. As an African American woman, I felt the stakes for me were even higher. Historic images of black men being vilified en masse as sexually violent sent chills through my body. Telling my story wouldn’t only help bring down Cosby; I feared it would undermine the entire African American community.

…Admitting that Cosby is a rapist would feel like giving in to white America’s age-old stereotypes about black men. It would be akin to validating fears that African American men are lustful and violent. It would be taking away one of our greatest and most inspiring role models – one many African Americans feel we can’t afford to lose.

…Soon after I told my story, I ran into a successful African American photographer who asked me, ‘Sister, is it true?’ The tone of his question made it sound like our father had died. ‘I’m sorry, brother, but it is true. Do not let this weaken you in any way,’ I told him.

Cosby was once a source of hope for many African Americans. But fictional icons like him should not wield so much power over our collective spirit. Our nation’s greatest African American heroes have been on the front lines of Civil Rights efforts, not in our television sets. They are in the mothers and fathers who fought real-life challenges to raise us and in the teachers and professors who worked long hours to educate us. Bill Cosby did not lead the March on Washington, and ‘The Cosby Show’ didn’t end racism. The only legacy at stake is of one entertainer, not of black manhood, as I once feared.” Excerpted from an article by Jewel Allison for the Washington Post.

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Photo by Yana Paskova for The Washington Post

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“Bill Cosby is back in the headlines this week after the Associated Press made public a 2005 court deposition in which he admitted to obtaining drugs to give to a woman in order to “have sex with,” or rape, her. It’s the first such admission we’ve heard from the now-disgraced comedian amid the dozens of women who came forward to publicly accuse Cosby of drugging and raping them on occasions that date back to the 1960s.

But the news is also proof of another truism about how our culture deals with women who say that they’ve been sexually assaulted.

We don’t.

Even after a few women stepped forward to bring Cosby’s actions to light, it took two men to raise concern and then verify the stories of nearly 40 female accusers. The first was comedian Hannibal Buress, whose November stand-up set about the accusations against Cosby went viral. The second was Cosby himself, whose lawyers fought bitterly for months to keep the decade-old deposition from going public.

Every 107 seconds, a sexual assault takes place in the United States. The vast majority of those assaults — 68% — are never reported to police, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Most of those assaults are committed by a friend or acquaintance of the survivor, not some stranger popping out of the bushes and following them home late at night.

It’s very rare for someone to lie about being raped. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, it’s more likely that someone will commit insurance fraud than lie about being raped; most studies put false rape reports at about 7%. Still, when close to 40 women came forward and accused one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars of rape, they were met with skepticism. Cosby, on the other hand, was cheered by fans and defended by colleagues and family members.” Jamilah King, Mic.com

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Photo credit: Jennifer Thompson wipes away tears during an interview at her family’s home in Spring Hill, Florida on March 6, 2015. Chris O'Meara/AP

Cosby already admitted to getting quaaludes to give to women so he could have sex with them. Posting shit like “I stand with Cosby” at this point does not make you pro-black; it makes you anti-woman. This is not worthy of a “black lives matter” hashtag. Hashtagging “black lives matter” in defense of a confessed rapist belittles your position.

Larry Wilmore on Fresh Air:

“It was the Cosby issue that made me realize how much I really cared about women’s issues and how much I realize it’s important for me to be an advocate for issues that aren’t necessarily my own, to be an ally for issues. I think it’s one thing to be for your own issue and owning your own issue … but I think it’s also important to be an ally for an issue. … I think me being an ally for women’s issues is probably the most important thing that I feel I’m doing on the show.”