Hey 3.5 readers.
Bill Cosby, “The Coz” is headed for the slammer, the hoosegow, the stoney lonesome.
It’s sad. For you younger 3.5 readers, you may not realize this guy was once America’s Dad and that was a big achievement because, you know, he was black and that was a new thing at the time. There weren’t a lot of good TV roles for African Americans at the time and then suddenly you’ve got this show full of positive role models for anyone, black or white, to look up to.
The Cosby Show was riotously funny for its time, managing to transcend racial lines to discuss issues about family, growing up, teaching kids to take responsibility for their lives, education, doing the right thing etc yet somehow it managed to do so with humor and without being overly preachy.
My favorite episode is the one where young son Theo claims to have it all figured out, he’s going to drop out of school, not go to college, fend for himself and Cosby shows him via Monopoly money just how much the world is going to take from him if he doesn’t push himself to reach his full earning potential. “Are you going to have a girlfriend?” “Yep,” Theo replies and then wham, Bill takes the money and leaves the kid with nothing.
Plus, he sold Kodak film (product that eventually became irrelevant), New Coke (people demanded a return of the old coke) and pudding pops (which were freaking delicious and does anyone know if they still make them? I want one right now that I am thinking about them.)
Sigh. It is sad that apparently while he was doing so much good he was also apparently drugging ladies and taking advantage of them…I guess people think that fame will help them get away with so many bad things but it finally caught up with him.
Dave Chapelle put it best. Imagine something you really love, like ice cream, then imagine hearing that thing is a rapist. Damn, ice cream is a rapist. Now I can’t enjoy ice cream anymore.
Sad. What say you, 3.5 readers?