This cannot be happening to one of America’s most iconic entertainers.
Then again …
Bill Cosby has been accused by at least three women of sexual assault. His lawyer denies the allegations. Meanwhile, one television network, NBC, and an online entertainment provider, Netflix, have cancelled planned projects involving Cosby.
What in the name of all that is holy is going on here?
I believe we are seeing a case of the backlash hurting at least as much as the initial slap.
The allegations need to be proven and Cosby is entitled to the presumption of innocence. NBC and Netflix have been quick to distance themselves from the one-time Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, a character Cosby portrayed on the acclaimed series “The Cosby Show.”
In that show, Dr. Huxtable became the standard bearer for family men across the nation, rearing a boisterous family along with his equally successful wife, portrayed by Phylicia Rashad. More to the point, Cosby’s character became an important role model for African-American men, many of whom forsake their fatherly duties once they learn that a child is on his or her way.
I do hope these allegations lead to nowhere. However, hope by itself won’t make it so.
My fears are leading me to suspect something else might be about to transpire.