“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” source
And now, three more woman claim, Bill Cosby drug and raped me them.
Another fallen icon?
Not the Bill I was reared on.
Cosby’s illustrious career has spanned several decades.
Who can forget?
- Crossover comedy superstar
- 60’s I-Spy co-star: first African-American Emmy award winner
- Fat Albert creator, writer and producer.
- 70’s movies: Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, Piece Of the Action — and many more.
- 80’s to 90’s Stereotype breaking and arguably one of the best family sitcom of all-times, The Cosby Show.
In North Philadelphia born and raised (thank you Fresh Prince)
As a Philly native of Richard Allen Projects (now called Richard Allen Homes) — notorious for being one of Philly’s roughest and most dangerous neighborhoods — Cosby was not born with a silver spoon. However, not to be defined by humble beginnings, Cosby embodied the Norman Rockwell American dream of upward mobility.
Mr. Cliff Huxtable: TV’s most lovable dad.
Mr. Cosby eschewed playing roles typically assigned to black actors: pimps, uneducated thugs, drug dealers, gangbangers, buffoons etc. By way of his well crafted creations — Dr. Cliff Huxtable, numerous comedy albums and concerts, he successfully depicted the universality of the African-American experience.
Bill Cosby successfully navigated being socially accepted by mainstream audiences (white people) and not being perceived as sell-out by African-Americans.
Bill Cosby: The judgmental curmudgeon.
In the autumn of his life, Mr. Cosby has appeared to have morphed into the ever surly Mr. Wilson (Think Dennis the menace) — angry old man ranting: “Get off my yard you young whippersnapper.”
He has repeatedly and publicly lambasted poor blacks, still languishing in the inequality of poverty, to get their act together and start striving to be a credit to their race.
From the sterling peak of Mount Cosby he issued edicts to pheasant blacks on behavior and morality.
“Let me tell you something,” Cosby, one of America’s most admired men, told the group. “Your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing and calling each other [the N-word] as they’re walking up and down the street. They think they’re hip. They can’t read. They can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.”
No argument. But context and tone matter.
By contrast, when Malcolm X lectured about self-determination and personal responsibility he seemed to be talking us up to our potential.
The Cosby approach seemed rooted in contempt and classism.
Malcolm was motivation, Cosby was condemnation
Anyhow, at the end of the day, the moral of the story is:
If you are a man with numerous rape allegations and out-of-court settlements, the soapbox should not be your altar.