For Bill Cosby, the party’s over. Too bad he can’t go to jail.
I never thought Cosby was funny. His sophisticated humor just didn’t get me laughing. At best, I smiled occasionally.
But he was a giant in his time with his rousing speeches encouraging African-American youths to stay in school and stressing the importance of a college education. He was a hero on that platform.
Now, he should go away. He can’t be funny anymore. His chats about morality will fall on deaf ears because of the trail of tears he allegedly caused more than a dozen women. Some folks believe Cosby should go away to jail forever.
Here’s one Facebook entry I read: “I don’t care if you’re 17 or 71, if you do a crime you deserve punishment. It won’t happen but it would be great for Cosby to die in prison. But hey, he’s old and famous so I guess people should leave him alone right?”
Disliking Cosby and wishing for him to be sent off to jail is tough for many people to accept, especially middle-aged and older African-Americans. We’re talking about Cosby here, TV’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the lovable, smiling, all-wise dad of a generation. Hey, Hey, Hey!!! This is Cosby, the creator and voice of fabulous cartoon character Fat Albert.
The TV show “A Different World,” created by Cosby, was especially pleasing to me because it portrayed historically black colleges and universities in a positive light never seen on TV before. The characters were smart, driven and had an awareness of community and real life.
Cosby was as cool as the other side of the pillow on the TV series “I Spy” that aired in the 1960s. Back then, you needed a spy to find African-Americans in positive roles on TV series.
The allegations now against him that he drugged women to have sex with them, otherwise known as rape, continue to grow. Every few months over the past several years, it seems there has been a new allegation.
There was a lot of talk in the African-American community that these women were spurned lovers who weren’t able to cash in on their relationships with Cosby — and that the charges were outright lies and attempts to extort the multimillionaire. While this was bad, it wasn’t the R-word.
But a recent revelation from a 2005 court case against Cosby showed him admitting that he drugged a woman, then had sex with her. If she didn’t consent, that’s called rape in my book. The contention by many is that this was his MO and was used on multiple occasions.
While he denied so many of the past allegations, this revelation virtually collapses his defense.
How sad. For many years, Cosby was the right man with the right messages. He encouraged young African-American boys and men to quit sagging their pants and pushed them to get an education and to stall the growing numbers of baby daddies and baby mamas.
He was the hero speaking the truth, and a lot of people listened. His message was spot-on for some of the troubles dragging down segments of the African-American community.
But now, I don’t want to see Cos anymore. What can he talk about now? How can he be funny again? What moral ground does he have to stand on?
If just a few of the claims against him are true, Cosby is a serial rapist and sociopath who should be locked away. But apparently, the statute of limitations in those cases has run out. Saved by the bell.
If Cosby wants to do something, forget the comedy circuit he is trying to ride. He should admit his failings, if the claims are true, but that’s unrealistic because sociopaths never think of others.
The best he can do now is exit stage left for good. As Cosby has said himself, “There are some people who have trouble recognizing a mess.”
Edward Pratt, a former Advocate editor, is assistant to the chancellor for media relations at Southern University. His email address is email@example.com.