There really is no delicate intro or a sleek, well-worded segue to open the discussion on a hugely controversial topic involving a figure the world grew to know and love as “Dr. Huxtable” – our favorite TV dad who changed the game in terms of how the world perceived a successful, modern black family has been accused of rape … several times. ” Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable” was a parental staple in our homes for many years and, without a doubt, holds a very special place in all of our hearts. “Cliff Huxtable” was a fictitious character, played by a very powerful man in Hollywood but what do we know about Bill Cosby, the man? Is he a serial rapist who preyed on young women looking for a mentor to aid in launching a showbiz career? Our first mind says, “Oh, God no. What? No way! This is slander! It’s nonsense. Total asinine. Nope. Won’t hear it.” And the powerhouse of love herself, Jill Scott, feels the same way.
On Sunday afternoon, Jill Scott defending Bill Cosby on Twitter rubbed all kinds of folks the wrong way. Black Twitter waged war against the songstress who is well known for her lyrical advocation of feminism, womanhood and the joyful pains of both. Considering, earlier this year, Scott was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Temple University by Bill Cosby himself – no doubt, she takes personal offense to the recent allegations against America’s favorite dad – citing her personal affiliation to Cosby and blaming the media for attempting to “destroy a magnificent legacy” with “insane” rumors for which there is no solid “proof.”
But is the proof in the pudding? Cosby’s alleged illicit behaviors have been swirling around the rumor mill for decades now! Just how many more women have to come forward with frighteningly similar stories for one to take pause and chew on facts? All personal feelings aside, fact is, at this point, 19 women have accused the same man of doing the same things around the same time when victim shaming was a rape victim’s reality – not including the mass of women he’s settled sexual assault disputes with out of court. Should we just chalk this up to coincidence? A conspiracy to dethrone a TV king turned philanthropist? Or, could Mr. Cosby just be a very troubled, sick man who’s done horrible things to several women once upon a time? Could it be?
One thing is for certain, Jill Scott is not the only one who feels a way behind this. Like, we get it, our feelings are hurt too – it’s like being in a perpetual state of denial – the betrayal! Who is this person, for real? What does all this mean? The unfortunate reality of the mere mention of his name along with such despicable doings is truly inconceivable. It hurts. Scott so eloquently articulates in her body of work the pains of entrusting even a piece of her heart to a man who may not have the slightest intention of breaking it, yet, somehow ends up doing so. Could this be the case, here? Just how much proof do we need?