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!'"