Call it the straw that broke the camel’s back or the many sexual abuse allegations that broke the Cosby Show’s image. Ebony magazine published a seemingly shattered image of the once-highly esteemed show about a successful black family headed by a lawyer and a doctor.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner expressed disapproval of the broken image of the show in which he once starred saying, “it’s contributing to the uh, you know, the stereotypical image that society has of the broken black family, the shattered black family.”
Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux defended the magazine’s position telling HuffPost Live:
“I disagree with his comment that we’re contributing to this image of the broken black family. The image of the Huxtables in the eyes of many people, has been shattered as a result of the allegations against Mr. Cosby and that’s been going on for quite sometime,” she told host Alex Miranda. “This isn’t a new conversation, but this is a conversation that we felt, as a magazine, should lead, that we should lead and contribute to in a meaningful way.”
She also defended the image of the black family saying:
“A good black family does not have to be upwardly mobile. It does not have to be comprised of a mother and a father that are married to each other and live in the same household,” she said. “You can have two moms. You can have a single grandparent raising three children. You can have a mother and a father that live in different parts of the country. There are so many different ways to be a beautiful black family.”