Race and Media – Blog Post #1 – Xiarra-Diamond Nimrod

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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Xiarra-Diamond Nimrod
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3 thoughts on “Race and Media – Blog Post #1 – Xiarra-Diamond Nimrod

  1. I agree 100 percent with you. I feel like a race card was played when it came to Bill Cosby and the sex scandal. They attacked his character as if he was guilty to the point where people thought he WAS guilty. There were so many memes and even punch lines in rap songs about Bill Cosby drugging women. If I’m not mistake … he was never charged or found guilty by the accusations the women set out against him. It’s unfortunate that the other industry reps were not charged for those crimes. When it comes to Bill Cosby, when I think about it… The media had a HUGE influence in defaming his character. It just shows you how strong it is and how it can control a consumer. At one point I believed he was guilty until I stepped back and thought about it. There was a subjective view in the reporting.

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  2. Personal views and opinions that I have about Bill Cosby aside, I do believe that race played a role in getting reruns of The Cosby Shows off television. As you mentioned, and as Malcolm Jamal Warner mentioned, Stephen Collins confessed to the crimes that he committed, and yet, reruns of 7th Heaven are still on the air. The media is a very powerful machine and entity that can make or break the lives and careers of many people. It also has the tendency to demonize and ostracize one group of people in relation to the other despite the fact that crime is crime no matter what race you are. For example, when an African-American or Latino teenager commits a crime, the media, more often than not, tends to label them as: “troubled” or “rebellious” or having a “lack of education.” On the contrary, when a Caucasian teenager commits the same or similar crime, the media tends to categorize them as: “smart” or “ambitious” or having a “promising future.” It really just shows the bias character that the media has when it comes to telling stories about certain groups of people. It is a very unfortunate reality in our society, especially in this day and age.

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  3. Great blog post Xiarra! I completely agree with you. The Cosby Show is also one of my favorite sitcoms and it is unfortunate that it is in a negative light because of certain speculations of Bill Cosby. The media definitely plays a huge role in the outcome of what is happening in this particular issue. There are so many times where I do not even want to believe it because of the role he played on the show. I know people do not like to hear that because he he was playing a character, but then you look at all the other actors that committed crimes and you wonder why they are not really in the media. I just think it is interesting how the media works and what they choose to put out there and keep a secret. I just think something about this entire topic/issue is a bit sketchy. Although, it is a very unfortunate topic to discuss, it just seems weird and out of the blue.

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