After watching The Cosby Show and the interview with Michael Real and Lauren Bratslavsky for this week’s assignment, I cannot imagine looking at Bill Cosby the same ever again. It shocks me that one of the greatest cultural icons of America, and possibly even around the world, abused women.
I don’t understand how one individual could live such different lives: the Bill Cosby we saw on television was a wholesome, trustworthy, silly, family-man, yet in real-life he was doing the unthinkable and sexually assaulting a multitude of women for years.
Out of curiosity, I typed in Bill Cosby’s name on Google. Would the results be flooded with articles about his sexual assault? Or would they be about his positive impact on television?
8 out of 12 articles on the first page address the sexual assault allegations. I find it so unfortunate, and sad, that someone who had such an amazing impact on television would do such horrific things.
In the interview, both Michael and Lauren addressed the idea that The Cosby Show has been completely re-coded; it is completely impossible to separate it from what he did. I hadn’t watched the show since I was in middle school, but after watching it this week, I definitely agree that it can’t ever be re-read in the same way.
I am curious as to whether or not yall felt the same way about The Cosby Show after watching this week’s episode. I found this article, Bill Cosby: A 50-year timeline of accusations and accomplishments, to be very interesting and informative because it provides a unique timeline of the events that occurred throughout Cosby’s life. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on both the article and the show!
Kim, Kyle, Christina Littlefield, and Mark Olsen. “Bill Cosby: A 50-year Timeline of Accusations and …” LA Times. N.p., 26 Apr. 2016. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.