On March 7th, we discussed race and movies and how minorities lack opportunities in the industry because of their skin color. I remember Bill Cosby being brought up in class and I’ve been trying to find a specific article, in which Malcolm Jamal Warner speaks on his thoughts about the Bill Cosby controversy. Well, I finally found it and really wanted to share it because it relates to a lot of what we discussed in class regarding the topic of race in television, movies and etc. Malcolm Jamal Warner played Bill Cosby’s son, Theo Huxtable, on the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show”; he recently sat down with the hosts of the daytime talkshow, “The Real”, where he discussed his disappointment in Cosby Show re-runs being pulled off the air amidst the Bill Cosby sex scandal. One of the most important points he made within his interview really baffled me, because I never took the time to think about those that were in the same predicament as Bill Cosby but not crucified by the media because of their skin color. In his interview he said, “..Look at how the media is playing this whole thing out. And I can’t help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Stephen Collins…it’s very clear, you know, the crimes they’ve committed”. Allen, Polanski and Collins have all been accused of sexual assault and Collins even confessed but neither him or Woody Allen were ever charged. It’s just really saddening because their reruns and movies, such as Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Pianist and 7th Heaven, are still shown without any issue.
Now although the Cosby Show came out years before I was born, this show is still one of my favorite shows even to this day and I refuse to let these accusations against Bill Cosby ruin a great sitcom for me that not only embraces family but taught valuable life lessons as well. We lack television shows like this now, because we’re constantly being ram-sacked with a plethora of “reality television shows” that 99.99% of the time are fake. What many people fail to realize is Bill Cosby is not Dr. Cliff Huxtable in real life, he is …Bill Cosby. Cliff Huxtable was a fictional character who was a loving father, successful obstetrician and amazing husband, and with qualities like that people have an extremely hard time separating the two which is understandable. It’s just frustrating because alongside Malcolm Jamal Warner, many of the stars of the show such as Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina Le Beauf, and others have depended on re-runs of this show to support themselves and their families (not primarily, I suppose) and it’s just snatched from them. I just want to know when is it gonna end….
Also, what are some of your thoughts on this “Cosby Show” topic?
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