As we all know, Bill Cosby was/is accused of drugging and raping tens of women by tens of women.
Sadly, some people continued to defend Cosby during this career-destroying time, but after his name became less popular among the general public, he admitted drugging women into sex. At least the debates and the “they’re lying about being raped so they can get money” can stop now. Even more unsettling is that the use of drugs to get women in bed was just the surface of his strategy.
On one known occasion, Cosby gave ten thousand dollars to one of his victims. He admitted that he wanted to keep the payments away from his wife – so basically he paid his victim to keep quiet and was cheating on his wife.
Additionally, it’s safe to say that he used the silent-money tactic with multiple women.
The Broken Legacy of Bill Cosby
While this controversy matured and after he admitted his guilt…
- Some of his comedy shows were canceled
- His new show was thrown out
- His monument was removed from a Disney Theme Park, and of course
- He was relentlessly roasted by people
Now, backlash like this is expected when someone sexually assaults dozens of women. Sadly for them they can’t get proper justice for being raped. On top of that, TV Land, a network that airs old shows on a regular basis, dropped the Cosby Show. Their choice of not airing the show isn’t unreasonable, but I do not agree with their decision.
The Cosby Show
Before his criminal and unethical actions became public we associated Bill Cosby as the face of the beloved show, The Cosby Show. The show was truly groundbreaking, an industry first and is crowned as the best Black sitcom ever. It redefined what a Black person in the United States of America could accomplish.
This show featured…
- An upper-middle class family/lifestyle
- An intelligent mother who is a successful lawyer
- A humorous father who is a successful doctor with his own practice
Restrictions of what a Black person can achieve were greatly loosened. A whole generation saw this positive portrayal of the result of ambition and hard work. It was refreshing and an inspiration to millions.
Unmistakably, It’s clear to see that his actions (and the continuation of them) were/are vile to say the least. However, the show still stands as a major cultural milestone in Black T.V. and the television industry in general. The positive impacts of this show can’t be denied, nor should the show itself be neglected or stifled because of a cast member’s controversy.