Everyone’s favorite television mother and veteran actress, Phylicia Rashad, aka Clair Huxtable on “ The Cosby Show,” doesn’t understand why people have stopped watching the iconic show.
The image of the popular sitcom, which ran from 1984 to 1992, has been significantly tarnished after several women accused Bill Cosby of misconduct and sexual assault. In 2018, the 83-year-old was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
In the midst of the #MeToo era, Cosby’s case became one of the first high-profile celebrity convictions. This led to him losing several business partnerships and honors along with people boycotting the former sitcom and anything that involved him.
In an interview with “Bustle”, Rashad said, “I just don’t accept what somebody says because they say it, and they say it in a loud voice. The internet has given a lot of anonymous people a very loud voice. And this, too, has happened before.”
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The 72-year-old actress also used compared Cosby’s allegations to that of novelist Zora Neale Hurston.
“Zora Neale Hurston died a pauper,” said the award-winning actress. Hurston faced backlash after she was accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy. It was later found that she wasn’t even in the country at the time of the alleged crime.
According to Face2Face Africa, Hurston eventually died poor and alone in 1960 after she struggled to get work published. She was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida.
“And so I know what I know, and I just stay with what I know,” said Rashad. “And it will happen in time, that this will come around another way, as it often does. And then people say, ‘Oh.’”
When asked if she was alleging that her former TV husband’s situation was over, she replied, “I don’t know what’s over. There’s some things I leave alone.”
Do you think Phylicia Rashad is right or should “The Cosby Show” be shelved given Cosby’s convictions?