February 19th, 2014 10:58 EST
Bill Cosby the Entertainer Epitome of Wholesomeness, Bill Cosby the Real Person a Moral Cesspool
My pop culture tastes favor the avant -garde, the ironic and the camp aesthetic, however I was a big fan of the hopelessly mainstream "The Cosby Show."
The upper middle-class Cosby family was an antidote to the dysfunctional black sit-com family that thrived on TV in the 80`s and 90`s. The Cosby show was empowering to African Americans, and viewers of all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds found it humorous.
Bill Cosby was the epitome of wholesomeness, he was a wise virtual father, and we ate up all his advice and encouragement he doled out via the small screen.
Cosby was a trusted pitchman; we bought every product he endorsed from Bird`s Eye frozen foods to Jell-O. Cosby was a much sought-after and well-compensated motivational speaker; even his stand-up comedy act was inspiring and motivational.
However Bill Cosby the real person doesn`t match the saintliness of Cosby the entertainer, not by a hell of a long shot.
Bill Cosby settled a lawsuit with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who claimed the comic drugged and sexually assaulted her in his mansion in 2004. The case never went to trial, but Constand`s attorneys had 13 women ready to serve as witnesses. These victims had strikingly similar claims of drugging and sexual abuse by Cosby.
Cosby`s crimes are compounded by his rank hypocrisy, he is quick to criticize African American parents for the way they raise their children.
This alleged sexual predator and crass hypocrite must not be allowed to return to NBC in a new sit-com. Boycott anything having to do with Bill Cosby!