Monday, November 24, 2014

The Cos

Since televisions became a staple in most homes, family sitcoms have been a mainstay in our lives.  The 50s had Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy, the 60s had My Three Sons and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the 70s had The Brady Bunch and Happy Days.  I remember watching those shows in reruns when I was a kid.  But the 80s, my formative years, had The Cosby Show.  There was very little television I was allowed to watch growing up, but The Cosby Show was one I not only was allowed to watch, we watched it together as a family every Thursday night at 8:00.
It was a typical sitcom about a successful African American family.  The kids were essentially well-behaved and respected their parents.  It was funny and a lot of Bill Cosby's comedy act about family was adapted for the scripts.  His humor reminded me a bit of my dad.  It was a show I enjoyed.  Even as an adult, while flipping through channels, I've stopped a time or two and reminisced while folding laundry or cleaning the kitchen.  
What a disappointment to learn of accusation after accusation that Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted numerous women at the very time he was making this "perfect family" sitcom.  I guess claims on his behavior have been made and blown off for years, but I had not been aware of those.  So it was truly a shock.  This 80's cultural icon does not seem to have been as wholesome as we were all led to believe.  
Even though there will not be a trial due to the statute of limitations, Cosby has already been found guilty by the media and a lot of the entertainment industry.  His upcoming shows have been canceled and The Cosby Show reruns have been pulled off the air.  My feeling is that he probably did it.  It's a shame that these women are not going to be able to have a trial.  It's a shame that they felt like they were not in a position to make the charge all those years ago.  It's a shame that a generation's role model (warranted or not) has been exposed as a dirty old man instead.  It's sad. 
His behavior is no laughing matter, but leave it to Bill Maher to make me laugh...
"I think it's ironic justice that a nation of black teenagers now gets to say to Bill Cosby, 'Pull up YOUR pants!'"

7 comments:

  1. I think it is not only a dirty old man....it seems he might have been a predator. I suppose it was too much to be believed that he was this great Husband and Father.

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    1. Most definitely a predator. It seems as if our icons tend to be more fallible than those who hold them in high esteem.

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  2. It is so horrible, and too common. It is a very hard thing for a survivor to make a claim in any situation and especially in one with a perpetrator who is so publicly revered, so when someone speaks up, I will always err on the side of believing him or her. Thank you for shedding a light.

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    1. And the sad part is, a couple of them did come forward and they were dismissed or paid off. It's been said that it was a typical situation of that time period in hollywood. The whole mess has saddened and disgusted me.

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  3. My problem with this is he has been convicted without benefit of judge and jury.

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    1. Yah, I think that is very much the case and usually is for anyone in the public eye. It is probably worse this time around because the very court that says innocent until proven guilty is the one that can't charge him because the alleged incidents happened too long ago. Sadly for him, he can't be judged by a jury and found innocent, but sadly for his accusers, he won't be found guilty either. I don't know if they can still take him to civil court and ask for damages or not.
      I hope that it is false accusations made towards someone in the public eye, which does happen for money or fame or what have you. However, my brain says with 16+ accounts that are eerily similar it's hard to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

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    2. Yes the burden of proof is less in a civil case. But I've a feeling it it wouldn't be won.

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