Phylicia Rashad, the African American actress best known for playing “Claire Huxtable,” Bill Cosby’s wife on his legendary sitcom, was resolute about not be dragged into the crisis facing her on-screen hubby, as woman after women has come out with allegations that she was raped, sexually assaulted or drugged by funny, ol’ Bill. She should have stayed that way. Unfortunately, she allowed a Hollywood celebrity reporter to pull some quotes out of her, and now she has a crisis of her own. Now we know she values loyalty, group identification, show business protocol and her own financial interests over decency, fairness, honesty, justice, compassion, respect for women, and truth.
Or, I suppose, she might be an idiot.
Rashad’s take on Cosby’s problems was also odd, as it focused very little on the man being accused of such heinous acts. She didn’t say, or at least such remarks weren’t reported, that he was a wonderful human being, or that she could not imagine the man she worked so closely with all these years doing what so many alleged victims claim. She said that she “loves” him. In show business, this is like the host of a TV talk show saying a guest is a close personal friend: it is routine, and means nothing. Rashad’s defense of Cosby consisted of dismissing his victims’ stories as baseless, and this:
“What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture….Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled…This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
Why. Huh. That’s a head scratcher isn’t it? Yes, why would the entertainment value of family situation comedy about a wise, loving father , the wife whom he adores and his brood of adorable, normal, kids, including three, and ultimately four, teenage girls be diminished in the least by overwhelming evidence that the actor playing said father is a sick, ruthless, sexual predator and the King of Hypocrites?
I’m sure Rashad knows that Cosby had a chance decades ago to have many of these accusations tested in court, and instead paid off his primary accuser. Was Bill in on the conspiracy? What evil mastermind orchestrated such a diverse group of women of different ages, races and backgrounds, some famous, some not, none with any chance of financial benefit and the certainty of being publicly slimed by Cosby, his spokespersons, his lawyers and his blind admirers, to collectively set out to destroy the reputation of such a wonderful man? The conspiracy claim is the bottom of the barrel as desperation excuses for villains go, although Hillary Clinton did pretty well with it when she used it to defend the first black President, her husband, knowing very well that it was Bill’s zipper problems and not any conspiracy that had caused that crisis. And look! A lot of people want her to be President! I suppose Felicia feels that her nauseating and dishonest defense of the latest sexual predator named Bill won’t hurt her career or stop her from getting another “TV star Felicia Rashad stars in” gig in a failing Broadway musical, or another wife role on a cable situation comedy.
But it should: I don’t think people should applaud performers who want to cover up for rapists to protect their “legacy.” What Rashad is really protecting, I suspect, is her bank account: Cosby series residuals are a substantial income stream for her, and she obviously is willing to dismiss he co-stars prey if she can get that cash cow back on the air. She knows who has destroyed the Huxtable legacy: his name is Bill Cosby. I bet she’s furious at him, but never mind: the important thing is to discredit nearly thirty women (and rising) and maybe, just maybe, those checks will start coming in again.
Now her legacy is that of a women who chose to stand by a serial sexual abuser rather than be fair and respectful to his likely victims.
The idiot theory looks better by the minute.
Source: Showbiz 411