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A legacy tarnished

...Hope of closure for both Cosby and victims

BY NICKOY BROWN

Monday, May 14, 2018

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The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom starring the legendary comedian Bill Cosby. The show aired for eight seasons on NBC , from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992.

The show's main focus was the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class, African American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

According to TV Guide, the show was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes. TV Guide also ranked it 28th on their list of 50 Greatest Shows. In addition, Cliff Huxtable was named as the “Greatest Television Dad” of all time.

From the start of the public allegations against Bill Cosby I tried to stay clear and keep my mouth shut as sexual assault or harassment is a controversial issue, especially when it is against females and in the public space.

Now, I was not there when said allegations took place, so I cannot swear that Cosby is innocent. Nonetheless, I feel he is not completely innocent; but I believe the women knew what they were doing at the time.

In the late 80s and 90s drugs were very popular — “everyone was doing it”, and if you were not you were not considered cool or a part of an evolving group. Many entertainers, actors and people in the media used drugs as a way to cope with the pressures of fame. For them, drugs was a way of getting away or escaping the sad or pressured reality they lived in.

In those days sex without some form of drugs was no sex at all. We saw it in the different documentaries and movies how sex and drugs were depicted as one entity. All the clubs and club owners 'encouraged' the use of drugs as a way of getting the club 'hyped' so as to attract patrons.

Money had to be made and it had to be made by the influence on gangs and some of the most powerful in society.

Now, after decades, several women came forward with allegations of being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby. Some argued, why would they wait so long, and this seems like something orchestrated. Who to tell, it may very well be, but there is no real evidence to substantiate this. What's more, a court of law has declared him guilty.

Women and men who are sexually abused mostly never talk about it or share it with anyone because of the embarrassment and the different stigmas that comes with being so assaulted. For men, they are looked at as homosexuals, and for some women, those looking on may say that they wanted it or put themselves in the position to be sexually assaulted. But no is no and should not have any other meaning.

Now, because of all these cases against Cosby a legacy that we all know and love is simply destroyed. But who is to be blamed: the accuser or the defendants?

Why come out with this now? Couldn't they have confronted Bill over the years and talked about what happened? It seems this is their way of finding peace or closure. Speaking now, Bill Cosby is now being judged by the court and the court of public opinion.

For me, the court is the court, and we should respect that, but at his age and for him being tried in public, I feel he has already been punished.

I wish Bill Cosby well and hope that if these allegations are indeed true, and the court got it right, that he will find peace and some way to reach out to these women and apologise.

It's so sad to see a legacy that we all grew up with destroyed right before our eyes. I respect Bill Cosby, and always will, but we must understand that our skeletons will catch up to us eventually.

For the women who are a part of this and felt violated from then until now, I hope they can now find closure and peace and that they can move on with their lives.

nickoyb@yahoo.com

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