Like many people, I’m a fan of The Cosby Show. The characters are funny, and the story was entertaining. The star of the show of course, was Bill Cosby, who starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable. The show’s tremendous popularity in the 1980s and Cosby’s role as the Huxtable family patriarch earned him the nickname “America’s Dad”.
Now in his late 70s, Cosby still makes television appearances. He would be given large ovations everywhere he went. That love has seemingly come to an end. You see, and maybe I was just too uninformed to be aware, Cosby has had a history of sexual assault allegations. In 2006, he settled a civil claim out of court for an undisclosed amount of money over a sexual assault accusation. In the case, over 10 women stepped forward willing to testify against Cosby.Eventually, the noise died down, and it was largely left in the past, until last month.
It was just over a month ago that comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a routine. Since then, all hell has broken loose, as a number of women have stepped forward once again with sexual assault accusations. The most recent accusation dates all the way back to 1969, showing just how far this thing really dates. One of the women that has stepped forward has talked about how ill she felt watching people like Oprah Winfrey and the president of the United States himself praise Cosby. Cosby has recently refused to speak on the situation.
This has been an incredible downfall, which has taken just over a month to transpire. Cosby has cancelled television appearances everywhere, and has had his reputation tarnished. I feel conflicted, because I think to myself that there’s no way Cliff Huxtable did those things. It almost feels like a sin to watch The Cosby Show now, knowing just how far from the character the actor really is. That’s the harsh reality, though. You come to believe in their characters, not knowing the actual person. It’s like we have all been taken for fools, honoring a man who now appears to deserve none of it. Bill Cosby once said “The most important educational vehicle in all life is a parent figure.” He used to be “America’s Dad” until last month.