Before Bill Cosby’s once illustrious career melts away like a pudding pop left out on a hot summer day, and before you go blaming comedian Hannibal Buress for stirring all of this mess up and causing the meltdown, just remember these five things:
1 – Cosby objects to poor black people
Remember when Bill Cosby derided poor black people during a 2004 speech in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education? Well, if he hadn’t made all of those highly critical unproductive generalizations about “lower and lower middle economic people” then Buress probably wouldn’t have held him to task for his own past indiscretions. Here are some excerpts from Cosby’s gem of a speech:
“In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are [not*] holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on.”
“We cannot blame white people. White people — white people don’t live over there.”
“Are you not paying attention? People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?. Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack…and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail.”
Read the transcript, it’s comical in it’s oversimplification of the complex issues affecting Black Americans -issues that are directly linked to generations of institutionalized racism and governmental marginalization.
Bill Cosby dropped out of high school and then joined the navy. He later earned a high school equivalency diploma through correspondence courses. Cosby also dropped out of Temple University after a year in order to pursue stand-up comedy. He was awarded only “honorary” degrees thereafter because of his celebrity.
Yup, the man who thinks a lot of black people are not holding up their end of the deal, could not even stick it out in school.
3 – Cosby has admitted to cheating on his wife
Remember Autumn Jackson, his alleged love child? Remember the trial in which he admitted to having an extramarital affair with Jackson’s mother and testified that he paid the mother and his alleged child over $100,000 over the years? Read more here.
Cosby’s womanizing ways are even mentioned in his recent biography “Cosby: His Life and Times,” where author Mark Whitaker talks about how Cosby gave an anecdote about breaking up with his longtime mistress.
4 – Cliff Huxtable is not a real person, nor is he the perfect father you never had
Cliff Huxtable is a fictional character on television and perfect fathers simply don’t exist, so try not to feel so wounded when you find out that Bill Cosby is not a great man, or even a great dad. Just remember he’s a celebrity that surely had to be on the road a great deal of the time and therefore was surely an absent father to his own five children. That could be why one of his daughters told the National Enquirer she had been addicted to drugs and alcohol since age 19 after kicking a $200-a-day cocaine habit. She also told the tabloid she had started drinking and using marijuana at age 14 while in boarding school.
Like Buress said in his routine, ‘Google it,’ or just read it here, and then go back and read his speech criticizing black parents for not parenting properly.
5 – Bill Cosby has joked about slipping mickeys to women in his stand-up routine
In 1969 Bill Cosby joked about wishing he had some “Spanish Fly” every time he sees a girl after hearing about the legendary overpowering, aphrodisiac properties of the mythical drink. But don’t take our word for it, listen to it here. Ironically, the album recording of the routine is called “It’s True! It’s True!”