The number is up to 55, as in women accusing Bill Cosby of slipping them a roofie and sexual assaulting each of them. There are federal lawsuits pending, criminal investigations ongoing, high-powered attorneys salivating, and so much disgrace happening.
All of it focused on one man.
Cosby, 78, who still has his wife Camille by his side has been reported as “aloof” by some and “smug” by others when asked about these heinous allegations. And while the spotlight of public ire remains on Cosby and his noted pleather sweaters, the man who played his onscreen son Theo has managed to do the unthinkable — somehow make it a little about him.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner has benefitted greatly from being on one of the best sitcoms of all time, “The Cosby Show.” Those benefits keep on coming with TV syndication on multiple channels. At least they did up until every network pulled the plug on those arrangements. Perhaps that is why Warner said this to Page Six:
“My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what … negative stereotypes of people of color, we’ve always had ‘The Cosby Show’ to hold up against that. And the fact that we no longer have that, that’s the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale.”
He’s right. The show was groundbreaking, trendsetting, and galvanizing. Not even the Cos’ legal battles will change that; however, syndication has, which has many wondering about Warner’s motive. You see, he gets paid through syndication. At least, he used to get that check.
“I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us. But it’s just a bad situation all around — for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show,” said Warner during an interview Thursday.
“What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That’s the Bill Cosby I know. I can’t speak on the other stuff.”
Warner said he has been in touch with Cosby, but he would not comment on their conversations. And who could blame him? However, he did share that it’s “painful” to watch him go through this.
He may have some tunnel vision because many others (some of them fans of the show, not necessarily the man any more) think it’s painful to watch the women go through this too.
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