Having said that, it has been painful to watch the slow decline of "America's Dad".
If what is being alleged about the Cos is true, he deserves to be taken down, because no one, no matter how rich and famous, is above the law.
We have all heard the whispers for years, and for those of us who live in his hometown the whispers have been louder. It took a comedian putting him on blast on a national stage and one of his accusers going public on CNN (and penning an op-ed for the Washington Post) for us to start getting a peek at the alleged skeletons in Bill Cosby's closet again.
Some folks have been saying that the man is a hypocrite all along. This is the same guy, they argue, who has been telling black folks to get their family life right and telling young black men to pull their pants up and get their stuff together. And yet there he was allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. "Do as I say not what I do."
For the record, I agree with a lot of what Cosby was preaching about. When he talked about personal responsibility and taking back our neighborhoods and homes, he was on point. When he was going from city to city and facing down black men with a message of responsibility, I was with him as well.
Sadly, his message will be lost now, because the messenger might be flawed.
The shunning has already begun. Letterman canceled his appearance and so did Queen Latifah. NPR confronted him about the rape allegations as well, and he remained silent. (In Bill Cosby's case silence is most definitely not golden.) The only person coming to Cosby's defense these days is Rush Limbaugh. Which, given his disdain for the fairer sex, is not at all surprising. "It's not like he did it yesterday". Oh the mind of a wingnut.
Anyway, here is my advice to Cos: Book an hour on Oprah's couch and have a heart to heart in prime time.
If he really did what he is being accused of he needs to come clean. The statute of limitations is 12 years in Pennsylvania (not sure what it is in New York) for crimes such as this so he would be out of the legal woods. At least as far as the alleged crimes committed in Pennsylvania is concerned.
If what is being alleged is true, he needs to look into the camera and apologize to each and every woman he assaulted and beg for their forgiveness. He needs to ask America to forgive him as well. Especially black America. ----All those speeches and all that finger pointing.
He should also vow to spend the rest of his life giving to causes that support women in abusive relationships and supporting them with his money and his time.
If what is alleged is not true, he should say so. And he should cry real tears to Oprah and tell her and the country why he thinks the women that he was involved with might all feel this way.
"Comedian Bill Cosby will not comment on "discredited" accusations of sexual assault that have resurfaced in recent weeks against him, his lawyer said on Sunday.
Allegations that Cosby, 77, drugged and sexually assaulted several young women decades ago gained renewed attention after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine last month.
"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced," said John P. Schmitt, Cosby's attorney, in a statement. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true."
Neither Cosby nor his representatives will comment further on the allegations, Schmitt added."
Mr. Schmitt, I am sorry to hear that.