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Martin Luther King Jr. has just been #MeToo-ed and it may be close to a Cosby level hit. Or is it? Please look to the original story in Standpoint Magazine, “The Troubling Legacy of Martin Luther King,” for your own assessment of the merits. What follows is a brief consideration of the MLK case, compared […]

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The jury has spoken, but I don’t know how to process the Bill Cosby verdict with the image I’ve had of him my whole life. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/bill-cosby-defense-lawyers-say-that-a-verdict-has-been-reached-in-his-sexual-assault-retrial/ar-AAwnQzw?OCID=ansmsnnews11 I surely don’t support the behavior he was accused of, but I can’t help but wonder if those accusations were true. (And if they were among the first of […]

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The Rise and Fall of Bill Cosby

 

Bill Cosby was chargedht_bill_cosby_booking_photo_float_jc_151230_16x9_608 today with alleged aggravated indecent assault by Montgomery County (PA), and his bail set at $1 million. The action has been a long time coming as the 78-year-old comedian has been hit with numerous allegations of sexual assault by a variety of women.

Earlier this year, Ricochet co-founder Rob Long reviewed a poorly timed hagiography of the TV legend for Commentary and he shares his perspective on his rise and fall:

For most of his astonishingly successful half-century in show business, Bill Cosby was in the right place at the right time. He emerged onto the comedy scene in the early 1960s, when the audience taste in comedy was moving from the tuxedo’ed nightclub comic to the storytelling style Cosby pioneered. By the middle of the decade, when American television audiences were eager for racially integrated casts, he co-starred with Robert Culp in a hit action-adventure show, I Spy. In the 1970s, he reaped a financial bonanza as one of the most sought-after commercial pitchmen in the country. And, in 1984, The Cosby Show premiered on the last-place television network, NBC, to ratings so celestial that they actually saved the network from collapse. In comedy, in business, in the culture, Bill Cosby was a master of timing.

Bill Cosby, Revisited

 

tumblr_lzzdgaX7QX1qlw12eo1_500I suspect that I am not alone in being horrified by the unmasking of Bill Cosby. I admired the man. I enjoyed his television show. I thought it salutary. It held up a functional African-American family for admiration. I liked his humor as well. I once had the privilege – and a privilege it was – of being a guest at a table (paid for by Lehmann Brothers) at a charity event where he performed, and I can tell you that there was a sweetness about his performance that, even today, I remember with great pleasure. Moreover, when he spoke about the misconduct evidenced by all too many young African-Americans, he told the unvarnished truth.

So, when I learned that he has not lived his life in accord with what he preached (directly or indirectly) via that television show, in his performances as a comedian, and in his speeches, I was not just shocked. I was deeply saddened – and, I feared, not without reason — that the good he had done with the show, his performances, and his speeches would come to naught. Which is precisely what the left liberals want.

If you want to see the evidence, read William McGurn’s column in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. It is memorable. It says something that I had meant to say myself, and it says it better and with fuller evidence than I could have done:

Rob Long on Bill Cosby

 

bill_cosby_68416Ricochet co-founder Rob Long reviews Mark Whitaker’s Cosby: His Life and Times over at Commentary. From the piece:

When the sticky issue of Cosby’s infidelity forces its way into the narrative, it’s always cast in the past tense. He and his wife, Camille, are forever “working harder on their marriage.” They are said to have “moved on.” Cosby is described many times as “cutting back on his womanizing ways.” When he is accused, publicly, of fathering a child out of wedlock, his wife says: “All personal negative issues between Bill and me were resolved years ago. We are a united couple.” In other words, Whitaker’s book manages to make sex and infidelity uninteresting, which is in its way quite an accomplishment—especially because in the wake of allegations that Cosby drugged and then raped more than two dozen women since the late 1960s, it’s fair to say that sex and infidelity are very big parts of Cosby’s Life and Times.

Read the whole thing here.

The Horrible, Horrible Bill Cosby Story

 

imageIf you haven’t seen the headlines already, NBC has officially cancelled its plans for a new sitcom starring Bill Cosby. This comes on the heels of “The Cosby Show” being pulled from re-runs and Netflix’s announcement yesterday that it was “postponing” the release of a new stand-up routine they’d commission from the comic.

Reflecting on his own experience with Cosby, Ta-Nehisi Coates — generally not my cup of tea — explains exactly why all this is so disturbing (wade past the anti-Republican digs; it’s worth it):

I spent parts of 2006 and 2007 following Bill Cosby around the country. He was then in the midst of giving a series of “call-outs” in which he upbraided the decline of morality in the black community. Our current organic black conservative moment largely springs from these efforts. It’s worth distinguishing an “organic black conservative” from a black or white Republican moment. Black Republicans, with some exceptions, don’t simply exist as people who believe in free markets and oppose abortion, but to assure white Republicans that racism no longer exists. Organic black conservatives (like Cosby, for instance) are traditionalists, but they hold no such illusions about America’s past. They believe this country to be racist, perhaps irredeemably so, but assert nonetheless that individual effort can defeat trenchant racism. The organic black conservative vision is riding high at the moment. Thus even the NAACP cannot denounce the outriders of Ferguson without the requisite indictment of “black on black crime.”

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I have my own ideas, but I’m curious what the Ricochetazzi thinks: Why isn’t the African American grievance brigade coming to the defense of Bill Cosby? Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when a black man’s livelihood is being threatened solely on the accusations of a group of white women? Isn’t this a modern […]

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