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Boycotting Bill Cosby Means A Different World Too

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Earlier this year, I admitted that the moral quandary many face about recognizing R. Kelly’s misdeeds and being fans of his music has never been an issue for me. Not because I’m any more or less moral than those struggling with — or just straight not caring about — his history with young girls, but because R. Kelly has never been essential for me. A silent boycott of his work takes no effort. I don’t need to hear “Ignition” or “Bump & Grind” ever again. And, I already sit during step songs, so there’s no hesitation about using “Step in the Name of Love” as an opportunity to refill my drink. Plus, the type of music R. Kelly is famous for doesn’t allow for much cognitive dissonance. As I said in the piece,”…he makes crazy, nasty, deviant sex music because he’s a crazy, nasty sex deviant. These are not two separate parts of him.

But, if Ghostface or Kanye were facing those types of allegations, I can’t definitely say I’d be able to be as righteous. Let me put it this way: Of the 1500 songs currently stored in my iPhone, maybe 300 of them are Wu or Kanye-related. I hope I’d be able to make the right the decision and cut them out the way I have with R. Kelly, but I can’t say with complete confidence that I would.

This brings us to Bill Cosby. If these multiple allegations are true — and there’s no doubt in my mind that they are — you could argue that The Cosby Show and every iconic character from The Cosby Show, including Clair Huxtable — the patron saint emeritus of Bougie Black Girls — should be considered the way we consider R. Kelly’s work now.

Others have made this point. From Salon’s Brittney Cooper:

Meanwhile, Cosby has lived a lie. He has asked us to invest not only in the lie of his own life, but in the larger lies of black respectability and patriarchy. His own crimes demonstrate in black-and-white the diseased, misogynistic, violent thinking at the heart of patriarchy. And as much as I might love “The Cosby Show,” we should perhaps consider it “fruit of the poisonous tree.”

When you consider, as Maya Francis also did several months ago, that Cosby presenting himself as the epitome of a family man on screen while slipping drugs in women’s drinks off screen makes him the epitome of hypocrisy, it’s really not too difficult to see The Cosby Show in a different light today. I mean, could you even watch Cliff Huxtable make one of his trademark faces now without thinking about the memes generated last week?

But, what about A Different World?

No other piece of pop culture — no book, no Michael Jackson album, no season of The Wire, not even The Cosby Show itself-has been as much of an influence on and essential to contemporary Black life; particularly for those who grew up in the 90s. There are people reading this — hundreds, likely — whose choice to attend an HBCU was in some part influenced by the trails and tribulations of the Hillman College students and staff. It, not The Cosby Show, is the most sacred of our sacred cows.

And yes, Cosby was just the creator of the show, not an actual character on it. And Debbie Allen had just as much of a hand in its creative direction. But the shadow of hypocrisy looming over The Cosby Show shades A Different World too, as Lisa Bonet’s pregnancy in 1988 upset him so much that he took her off of the show, fearing that having a single mother on the show would ruin its ratings. In a vacuum, this could just be considered an overly paternalistic but ultimately pragmatic concern. But knowing what we know about Cosby now, it’s just another example of him publicly enacting a moral authority while drowning in private immorality. His hypocrisy literally changed the entire direction of the show.

So, does this mean we’re supposed to boycott all things connected to Bill Cosby? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer to that. You have to make that choice. All I know is that, when you put A Different World in there, the question is quite a bit harder than it was before.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    The boycott also would include Little Bill and Fat Albert…..more on the Little Bill side since I think it still comes on Nick Jr.

  • I would feel differently about the show if BC was convicted and thrown in prison. What bothers me the most is the idea that someone could hurt over a dozen human beings, in ways we can’t imagine, and then profit from their silence. If he was in jail, I could watch the show. Sounds weird. Maybe I’m wrong.

    • You’re not, its how I feel about Chris Brown and Ray Rice, one I feel was punished and can try and grow and one who simply got away with it. With Bill, the idea that he’s free because of a statute of limitations does rub me the wrong way.

      • AlwaysCC

        i was talking about that yesterday. i don’t know if the statute of limitations bothers me, or the fact that it’s been 20+ years (i’m not sure when all of the stuff happened) before there were any allegations at all (that we know about).

        • menajeanmaehightower

          Rumor has it that this was well known but hushed for a long time. Dirt eventually comes to the surface.

          • AlwaysCC

            and that is even more upsetting. so, let’s say that’s true…if i was woman #17 who was raped and found out that there were 16 BEFORE me and people KNEW about it…pi$$ed would be an understatement.

            • menajeanmaehightower

              That’s exactly what happened. Sad i know.

      • Damon Young

        that’s a good point. if someone takes responsibility for what they did and faces actual consequences for it, it’s easier to get past it.

  • menajeanmaehightower

    I saw someone write on a FB post how the only reason why blacks are on Bill’s case about these allegations is because he spoke the truth about how we are lazy bums. Of course the conversation was closed because they weren’t my friend and so i couldn’t chime in.

    It’s one thing to have an allegation thrown at you by one person. Or even two. Or maybe even 3. But to have 15 allegations of using the same method is something that can’t be ignored. I’m disgusted at how the powerful prey on the weak and wonder about the young women who worked on his show.

    • Tentpole

      The only problem with this is “celebrity status” concerns. Many will jump on the bandwagon if it means a dollar amount in the end.

  • Lisa Harris

    I am not in favor of boycotting all things Cosby. For me it is this simple:

    Cliff Huxtable is a fictional character, not a real person. And in fiction he represents an ideal of black patriarchy and his fictional family is a reflection of this fictional man. He is not a real person, but a romanticized rendition of the aspirations of black people. The Huxtables are also a reflection of the truth of black family life. There are many families like them and this fictional family was and is a beacon of light that shines on our shared values.

    Bill Cosby is a flawed human being. And no human being is ONLY one thing. And while this flawed human being had a good idea and was in the position to execute it, he was also doing terrible things to people in his personal life.

    His work is an attempt to put his better ideas about the world into something tangible that can be enjoyed. His conduct as a man is his business. People who know him personally can evaluate him as a person and decide if he is someone they want to continue with. His wife, his children, his siblings, his friends – the man is THEIR burden. And he should not say another word trying to shame black people into what he considers better behavior. Bill Cosby can’t talk to us about morality and personal responsibility.

    But Cliff Huxtable can.

    Boycotting art because the artist is a bad person is to misunderstand art.

    • Flawed is a really nice way to define a man who has allegedly raped 14 women.

      • Lisa Harris

        Flawed is what we all are. Broken is what we all are. He isn’t the only rapist walking among us, alleged or confirmed. I’m just so sick and tired of the internet climbing up on its high horse to demand universal damnation – every single day we are supposed to be morally outraged about what various individuals do or have done. I’m exhausted.

        • I’m on a high horse for thinking a rapist is worse than flawed? Okay.

          • Andrea

            I agree with the heart of her statement. It is never clean. I don’t know how we build this ranking system. Living in America. The Country founded by rapists. I think we need to have a conversation about sin and morality in this country.

            It is never clean. As James Cone would say “If America could understand itself as not being innocent, it might be able to play
            a more creative role in the world today”. Perhaps we all should be reading more Neibhur. Or somebody. Maybe we might finally be able to get a perspective on ourselves and on America that would deepen our vision about justice.

          • Angel Baby

            Nah man nah!!! lol… I think you’re missing her overall point.

          • Epsilonicus

            You are and it is perfectly fine. I am on the same horse.

        • nillalatte

          “I’m just so sick and tired of the internet climbing up on its high horse
          to demand universal damnation – every single day we are supposed to be
          morally outraged about what various individuals do or have done. I’m
          exhausted.”

          Standing beside you on this because I’m exhausted too. Like the nightly news, I’ve stopped looking at the internet for it’s latest ‘victim’ that society, as a collective, should condemn.

        • Angel Baby

          I didn’t agree with Bill not being able to talk about morality. I didn’t hear about him allegedly raping 14 women either!!!! Just ****!!!!! SMH But I WISH I COULD UPVOTE YOUR WHOLE SECOND COMMENT A THOUSAND TIMES!!!!!

          “Flawed is what we all are. Broken is what we all are. He isn’t the only rapist walking among us, alleged or confirmed. I’m just so sick and tired of the internet climbing up on its high horse to demand universal damnation – every single day we are supposed to be morally outraged about what various individuals do or have done. I’m exhausted.”

        • DanaDC

          It’s hardly a ‘high horse’ one sits on when condemning a rapist. Rape is not s little crime, it is heinous and sociopathic.

    • afronica

      Boycotting art because the artist is a bad person leaves us with no art.

      The admonition to never meet your heroes proves to be more and more true the longer I live. Almost without fail, when I take that closeup view, I am at best disappointed and at worst disgusted. It comes with the vessels we are – some good, some bad and just about everyone I know has at least one thing they’ve done that they’d really like to do over. That goes for artists, too. I’m resistant to the view that genius and madness and filth are conjoined triplets because I don’t like giving certain people allowances that the rest of us don’t get. But artists are at least as jacked up as the rest of us. I try to consume art and entertainment with at least one eye open because I’ve been blindsided before.

      Also, particularly in this case, conflation of the entertainer and his characters is pretty complete. On Twitter, @jozen was saying that there was a reason his original show, the one that made him a household name and a millionaire, was called The Cosby Show. It was not called The Huxtables. Cosby understood his brand and sold that brand. This is the comic who famously inveighed against using curse words and working blue in his comedy, and his show reflected that. His statements as Bill Cosby about black life and black families were reflected in the show that bore his name. He worked hard to ensure that when we saw Huxtable, we thought Cosby. He encouraged the hero worship that now is taking another turn.

      I choose to take what I want and need from the art. I am also free to see that Cosby is a rapist who only wants the best for the black family while destroying women that he can’t see as human.

      I haven’t heard Phylicia Rashad say anything about the allegations (but I haven’t been following this that closely). She’s under no obligation to say anything, but I surely do wonder…

      • LeeLee

        “I choose to take what I want and need from the art.”

        Same here, and I’m learning to do the same with people too. We all have a dark side, some of us much darker than others. The older I get, the more I realize I need to live intentionally. Be intentional about who I let in, what mediums (tv, music, social media) I choose to engage in and accept. But I still have my vices…..

      • Asiyah

        “Almost without fail, when I take that closeup view, I am at best disappointed and at worst disgusted.”

        I was just saying something like this to a friend of mine a few days ago. It was with respect to my personal life, but this can also be extended to “heroes” and celebs. Many times it’s just better to hold a positive POV of someone based on limited information than actually get to know the person and find out s/he is truly disgusting and despicable. That disappointment hits you hard.

        • afronica

          I am trying to keep in mind that I expect a lot from people, often too much. I am trying to temper those expectations.

          I was explaining to someone recently why we should leave each other alone. I indicated that I didn’t want to exist in a state of perpetual pissed-offed-ness. There was laughter. I don’t think I got through, but at least there was laughter.

          • Asiyah

            “I am trying to keep in mind that I expect a lot from people, often too much. I am trying to temper those expectations.”

            *nods head* so do I.

            I’ve also come to find that if you’re not all that interested in getting close or intimate with a particular person then it’s just best to keep a safe and positive opinion of him/her. It’s not fake or superficial; you don’t have to get to know everybody who enters your life in an intimate way. And I don’t have to know the ins and outs of a celebrity either.

            • afronica

              I agree with you to a point. Everyone gets the benefit of the doubt with me, to a fault. When I mention being blindsided above, I’m not kidding.

              But I have learned that when people give you that first indication that something about who they are and how they present just doesn’t match up, to at least back up and see if that indicator light starts flashing again. If it flashes again, I keep it cordial but *shields up*.

              In this case, the first Cosby rape allegations happened eight years ago. They ebb and surge every two or three years, and the separate incidents sit at 15 so far. These women don’t seem to know each other. Even if you discount half of them because of extortion or star-effing or false r!pe charges, that still leaves seven cases that I find it difficult to dismiss. The similarity in method also really gives me pause.

              I don’t want to know about any of this. It’s more than “it gives me no pleasure.” We need all the black examples of success we can get our hands on. Or at least I do. But I also can’t not see this. At least, I can’t anymore.

              • Asiyah

                The benefit of the doubt is good, but I don’t have to get too intertwined or close to that person just to give it to them. This is a note to myself, not to you, as I had a tendency to go that far in the past in an attempt to be “open-minded.”

                And I can’t unsee this either…!

    • Damon Young

      for the record, i’m not saying that we need to boycott all things bill cosby. just pointing out that it’s much harder to make that type of decision when it comes to content we care about. i could cut out r. kelly easily because i don’t give a damn about his music. but if someone whose work i actually cared about did some sh*t like that? i hope to never have to answer that question

      • Angel Baby

        I apparently haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on with Bill Cosby. But since I go back from time to time to read my comments I’ll copy below what I agreed with the last time you wrote about this. And that last quote is still relevant in today’s post from what I’m reading so far.
        Discussion on VSB 447 comments

        Remembering Where Cliff Huxtable Ends, And Bill Cosb…

        Angel Baby 9 months ago

        I like Bill Cosby so I don’t agree. I think he’s just gotten to the point where he’s so old and feels like he’s lived/experienced so much- that he doesn’t care if you don’t like what he’s saying. He’s going to say it anyway bc he feels it needs to be said. I don’t think it’s perfection; but it comes a point where we know the difference between right and wrong… and seeing an abundance of wrong **** or people not being held accountable makes people of reason want to speak up sometimes. At least he’s speaking up instead of just keeping quiet or going with the flow. But I will say PREACH to the following Champ:

        “There is a simple system of checks and balances we make as a culture: The human sin can be overlooked if the art he creates is God’s work.”

    • BlueWave1

      Excellent comment here. It’s a great perspective to keep in this era of weekly outrage we live in now. My wife and I have shown our 6 year old daughter a few reruns of A Different World. It is one of few shows I can show her that have articulate, fully clothed, young black women in an environment that highlights education. Yes, its all fictional. But because it is fictional it doesn’t have to be tainted by Cosby’s real life personal failings. And I have no intention of boycotting that show. It’s one of the few shows of that kind out there past or present.

      • Lisa Harris

        I watch it with my 18 year old daughter for the same reasons you pointed out. But also because of what it teaches about sexual behavior. I like for my daughter to see young, black men and women who know how to court each other instead of just “kickin’ it.” It is a great escape from the constant presence of “hook up culture.”

    • justagirl

      One of the dilemmas is that we have asked other communities to do the same (boycott all things) when their icons have been outed as terrible people. I know that I was definitely in the “Burn all things Woody Allen” camp, and I generally still am. So I have to take a long hard look at my own feelings on something that means little to me except in a theoretical sense, (Woody Allen films, or Charlie Sheen productions, or Sean Penn films) If I’m simultaneously finding excuses for still patronizing all things Cosby.

      • Lisa Harris

        That’s very true. We can’t hold others to a standard to which we are not willing to hold ourselves. I feel the same way about entertainers (athletes included) and their public work or art and the personal life and dealings of the individual. It doesn’t matter if I am a patron of their art or not.

    • JAC

      I hear what you’re saying, and I think your comment has good points. However, I think it’s hard to separate the artist (Bill Cosby) from the art itself (Cliff Huxtable/The Cosby Show), because the line between them has blurred so much in the last years. Cliff Huxtable, in a way, *is* Bill Cosby; Cliff’s the image Bill has used as a launchpad to talk about issues in the Black community (for better or worse), as well as to market himself (i.e. Jell-O). To the collective who has grown up seeing Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable–and little to nothing else–there is no distinction between the character and the artist. How can someone *not* boycott the art when the artist has made sure there is no distinction? It’s a little hard, and it’s hard to ask someone to now make a distinction when there’s never really been one provided.

      But even in saying that, it may be different for A Different World, because as Damon said, it’s a world that existed without any images of Cliff Huxtable (and by extension, Bill Cosby). When you think of ADW, you think of HCBUs and Dwayne and Whitley… Maybe ADW is the exception to the rule…?

  • JoJoLove

    Maybe I’m a little off in regards to this situation. I am by no means saying that the allegations against him aren’t true. But this statement, “But knowing what we know about Cosby now, it’s just another example of him publicly enacting a moral authority while drowning in private immorality”. How many people reading this are doing the exact same thing? Meaning living a lie for the public but privately messed up. (No one is going to actually admit this because that will defeat the purpose of the statement). Does it make a difference because he profited off of it? (Just asking.) You may know your readers to a point. So many of us judge others behind the computer screens and in person and we don’t put the same level of judgment on ourselves when it comes to making decisions.

    I’m on the fence about the whole situation because he hasn’t been convicted of anything. I also have to ask myself does this affect my life. No, it doesn’t.

    • cakes_and_pies

      I agree, but there are varied degrees of “messed up”.
      Allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a Baker’s Dozen of women is way more messed up than me knowing I lied about my charitable contributions on my taxes.

      • JoJoLove

        But did he rape them…One has to ask the question as to why would you wait until you’re almost 50(Being sarcastic) to come out with such claims. Not saying that it didn’t happen but playing devil’s advocate for a second. Also, how many people have done things to up their careers and once the information came out that it wasn’t earned but given under conditions; they then turn around and say but I was drinking or drugged. Come on just think about that for a second. I don’t handle any business career wise or personal while drinking. Something just doesn’t add up.

        • Don Lemon’s question to one of the alleged victims makes it clear, I think, why many women don’t speak up when things like this first happen.

          • Lisa Harris

            The main reason why many woman don’t speak up in these situations is because they do not believe they are as important or as valuable as the men preying on them. They are young and unsure and some very vile people can smell that type of inexperience. It’s the sort of animals we are.
            Don Lemon is an ass and we all know it. Someone should ask him the last time he bit a dick. But I digress…

        • cakes_and_pies

          They didn’t wait, these claims have been around for many years, but since no one listened to the first woman who spoke out, none of the others one’s wanted to put themselves out there. If it is true, he knew what he was doing, carefully curating an impeachable image that would make people think his accuser’s are all liars.

          • LeeLee

            “If it is true, he knew what he was doing, carefully curating an impeachable image that would make people think his accuser’s are all liars.”

            A master manipulator

            • Epsilonicus

              And there is a reason why the show was named “Cosby Show” and not “The Huxtables”. He wanted you to think of him as the quintessential dad when you look at Cliff.

          • Wild Cougar

            EXACTLY

        • Damon Young

          “Not saying that it didn’t happen but playing devil’s advocate for a second. ”

          you can play devil’s advocate when there’s one person making the allegation. maybe two. but now the number is nearing 20. there’s no way in hell that this many women — most of whom have no connection to each other — all are conspiring to tell the exact same story.

          • IcePrincess

            Rite. Reminds me of when the Catholic Church sex scandal started out, then kept growing & growing.

        • Pinks

          Because as has been evidenced millions of times over, a lot of women are shamed/blamed for coming out against their attackers at all, called golddiggers trying to take down “one of the few good black men we have left,” or whatever other excuses people want to come up with. I imagine it must’ve been quite difficult to accuse TV’s favorite dad of forcing himself upon you when people were like “HEATHCLIFF? He’d never do such a thing!”

          • JoJoLove

            To me it really doesn’t matter who he is (celebrity or regular Joe). Because I have witnessed both sides the gold digger and actual real victims of such crimes. People really don’t know what happened but with today’s times the media can make a mockery out the innocent and the guilty.

        • Well, you have to understand the context of the conversation that is being had.

          It’s very hard to prove rape, especially if it isn’t reported immediately – that’s under normal circumstances, to then accuse someone of influence is almost impossible for anything of substance to come out and say anything. A lot of feminists have tried to use research statistics and academic psychology to show that women who get raped or assaulted undergo various reactions that make it difficult to report such crimes in an immediate time period (however, this argument is based off the false premise that people have a consistent reaction to traumatic events independent of their genetics and prior experience), and that perspective has gained a lot of acceptance, to the point of the yes means yes law being passed in California, where it basically falls on the accused to prove that they didn’t rape the person who alleged they did.

          When it’s all said and done, it’s not about facts, evidence, proof, but perception. And Bill Cosby has clearly lost the PR war and his silence is only making it worse.

          • JoJoLove

            “Well, you have to understand the context of the conversation that is being had.”

            I fully understand the conversation. The topic of discussion came because Billy Cosby has been accused not by one but by multiple women and if we should continue to watch his show(s) because of these said allegations.

            • All I’m saying is the context has nothing to do with whether it happened or didn’t in reality, it’s all about perception.

          • Lisa Harris

            I don’t want to get too off topic here, but this whole thing is not happening in a vacuum. The public conversation about rape is full of double standards and it stopped being about seeking justice a long time ago. I think it is blind and dumb to talk about rape on college campuses without talking about how drinking and drugs (used by both victim and assailant) contribute to an unsafe environment for people whose brains are not fully developed.

            The nosiest side ignores lots of science and law.

            • In battles of ideology, it’s only the radicals that matter and count.

        • Wild Cougar

          Because he is Bill Cosby and nobody is gonna believe you until you hear other people speaking out.

          • JoJoLove

            I just have a hard time believing that. Because he’s Bill Cosby. This supposedly happened in the late 60s early 70s during a time a black man regardless of his celebrity status or wealth would’ve been atleast indicted because the accuser was a white women. Like I said before I don’t know if he did or didn’t. But the internet gangsters will try and convict without evidence.

            • Wild Cougar

              You have a hard time believing it, that’s legit. We believe what we’ve seen. I’ve seen more than a few powerful, respected pillars of the community who were abusive pervs and got away with it for decades because no one would speak against them. I haven’t seen many people who make false accusations for money. So that’s my slanted opinion.

    • PunchDrunkLove

      “How many people reading this are doing the exact same thing? Meaning living a lie for the public but privately messed up”
      This is my stance.

  • Ghost and Ye would have to do some heinous sh t to get out my iTunes

    this ain’t the NCAA, we can’t retroactively erase Bill Cosby for our culture. Just like I know the Fab 5 went to thethe Final Four, Reggie Bush flipped over a guy in college and Joe Paterno won 28473 games, Bill Cosby was one of the most impactful figures of our generation. However I agree we need to get him up outta here now and forever

  • Freebird

    I still listen to R Kelly. I like Marry The ****. Step In The Name of Love reminds me of a good person no longer in my life. I would not go see him in person though. I feel like there is a difference.

    I’ve gone hard in the paint against Bill since I heard about these allegations about 10 years ago, around the time it became clear that he had a daughter he was denying. Which stuck me as odd considering his reasons for getting rid of Lisa Bonet. I’ve been called an angry black man about it while folks defended him. Now the same folks are silent. Hmmmm. I’d never go to see him perform or give a speech.

    But even going hard against him I still watched the Cosby show. And I still do. When the episode were the family sings “Night and Day” comes on I will foreva eva watch because of what it means to me and my family. What I get from it is worth more than Bill Cosby will ever be worth. I read Cooper’s article about Claire and while I can usually find things worth considering, overall it came across as feminist bull sh it for the masses. Claire Huxtable is still relevant, and to deny her relevancy is to deny the impact the actress – a real woman – who played her had on shaping the character and the imaginations of young women who dreamed of being lawyers living in brownstones. Hell, I know women who were influenced by the character and it had nothing to do with Ill Bill.

    And why do we do this when we know we are going to look like fools later? Im not going to ever stop playing Let’s Get It On. The impact and meaning of the song on my life means more to me than what inspired it. MLK is still a hero despite his chasing ass not named Coretta or not being a forward thinking male feminist forerunner. He gave his LIFE for ninjas, male and female. Are you not going to send your child to UVA to boycott Thomas Jefferson being a rapist? How about Brown University? If so it would be honorable but it probably is not going to happen.

    Folks need to stay off the pedestal. Humanity always knocks us off. Always. The only flawless person is Beyonce.

  • Capitalist Brotha

    It’s hard for me to believe that in the prime of his career that Bill Cosby was basically a sugar daddy who had to drug and booze up young women who wanted a chance in show business to get laid, when there are a multitude of young Karrine Steffans in the biz who give it up for 5 secs spotlights in music videos.

    As far as the stories, I don’t view that as evidence of guilt. Mike Tyson talked about how back in the day he got into an argument with two black girls in a club who were cussing him out for being with white women, he then cussed back and they threw their drinks at him. He got sued for sexually assaulting the women, and I think they asked for millions…he settled for 5 figures.

    I’d actually like to think he’s guilty. But in the court of public opinion all that matters is PR, and since Cosby has remained silent, he’s guilty until he chooses to prove himself innocent.

    • Freebird

      “It’s hard for me to believe that in the prime of his career that Bill Cosby was basically a sugar daddy who had to drug and booze up young women who wanted a chance in show business to get laid, when there are a multitude of young Karrine Steffans in the biz who give it up for 5 secs spotlights in music videos.”

      I’m with you. It makes no since. But you ever hear of Darren Sharper? It cant all be about s2x.

    • Batman83

      This. This is where I’m at basically, I can’t take all the allegations seriously (looking at you Janice Dickinson) because some of these women were possibly/clearly just trying to make it in the business, and if everyone who’s ever given it up in the back room to a production assistant thought they stood a chance of making money off their story, I think we’d see a lot more of these types of allegations surfacing. Not saying that makes it right, I’m just saying there’s a difference between these two scenarios and people who were more likely trying to make it then are making it a lot harder for women with legitimate claims to come forward.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Lest we forget Janice WAS the it girl back when she said Bill slipped something into her jello pudding. You’ve got two A list superstars with space and opportunity…anything was possible.

        • PunchDrunkLove

          Especially lying or fabricating

  • Pinks

    I’m not one to boycott a person’s work because I disagree with aspects of their personal life. I will still jam to music by the Arruh, still think Adrian Peterson is a beast on the field and I wish Michael Vick all the best. In the case of our beloved Mr. Huxtable, I remember hearing about these allegations as a Temple student and not feeling one way about them until he spoke at graduation about us holding onto our moral grounds. I had the “niggaTFyousaytome” face, but tried to take the message for what it was instead of warping it by its messenger.

    Nothing has been proven so far, but I feel that a bunch of people coming forth aren’t ALL looking for money, especially when some of these allegations are over 20 years old.

  • pls

    don’t boycott him. just stop big upping his comments ab black people being the beginning and end to black people’s problems.

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