Why “The Cosby Show” Shouldn’t Be on TV
One Saturday afternoon, I laid across my bed while flicking through the channels at a rather slow pace. Like many other people, I struggled to find anything good on TV. Then suddenly, something interesting caught my eye. I noticed on TV One there was an all-day marathon going on. What TV show was the highlight for this day? Well, it just so happened to be....drumroll please…. “The Cosby Show”. We all remember that show right? A good, wholesome show that showcases an upper-class family, living in Brooklyn, New York, filled with family values and other important moral messages for both the young and old. Since the show had been off for a while now, I was honestly shocked to see that it was back on. Did I decide to watch the Huxtable family, you may ask? The simple answer to that is no. Now, allow me to explain why.
As many of us are aware, Mr. Cosby is in deep trouble since many women have come forward to allege the gut-wrenching details of how they were sexually assaulted by the man who was viewed as a role model. When this news story started trending, I wasn’t even aware that this case first started in early-2000. I didn’t want to believe it. I refused to accept the fact that the man, who has been labeled “America’s Favorite Dad,” could do such a thing (especially since he has daughters of his own). But my mind soon started to change when more details started to emerge. In addition to the increasing number of women sharing their stories, there was a deposition from 2005 where Bill Cosby admits under oath that he obtained Quaaludes (a sleep-inducing drug) to give to women who he wanted to have sex with. When I heard about this, that’s when red flags started to appear for me.
I grew up watching this show, and I always looked forward to it coming on, even though I have seen all of the episodes so many times that I have lost count. All throughout the media we are constantly exposed to redundant and ridiculous stereotypes geared towards black people (i.e., poor, violent, rude, rapists, living in the ghetto, etc.). This is why I admired how the Cosby Show displayed how black families can be successful, provide love and support to their children, and instill positive values for them to always carry in their lives. But now that I know this disturbing fact about Mr. Cosby, how can I possibly view the show in the same way before I knew all of this happened?
In my opinion, I feel that “The Cosby Show” should be off the air. Why should we reward a man who believes that it’s acceptable to treat women as if they are sex objects? Why should we reward someone who drugged his victims in order to fulfill his sexual desires? Just in case you guys don’t understand what I mean by “reward”, I am referring to residuals he is receiving. I understand that by the show being off the air it also affects all the other actors/actresses financially. But, unfortunately, there is no other way around this. By putting the show on the air, the message being sent is that no matter what crime you have committed, you can still receive benefits. This is similar to when police officers, who have murdered innocent victims, are placed on administrative leave. The fact of the matter is wrong is wrong. Whether you are an actor, politician, or a police officer.
Additionally, I feel that it’s important for Bill Cosby to make the responsible and commendable move to issue a public apology for his actions. As I have previously stated, many people looked to this man as a role model. So, as a role model, he needs to set an example to the young generation that when you do something wrong in your life, you have to own up to your mistakes. It’s easy for us to hide behind closed doors and pretend like the problem doesn’t exist. However, no matter where you go, or what you do to numb the pain and frustration, the problem is still with you and it will still pester you until you address it head on.
Do I believe that Cosby deserves jail time for this crime? Absolutely. But I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if his case is dismissed, like many other celebrities, because they are of a higher status according to our society. I know this is going to sound EXTREMELY cliché, but it must be said. If you do the crime you do the time. It doesn’t matter who you are, who you know, or how much money you have. Drugging and having sex with people against their will is something that should not be taken lightly.
While many people have argued that the women shouldn’t have waited so long to come forward, it seems like they don’t understand all of the emotions that victims of sexual harassment endure. If a woman is raped or molested, they often believe it’s their fault, and to avoid further humiliation, they keep their stories hidden. It’s takes a lot of bravery for someone to confess to such a horrific incident and more people should be mindful of this aspect.
I certainly hope that when this case is over, Bill Cosby will receive a fair punishment, and I hope that this situation will help him to be a better person. Even though his actions are inexcusable, I am a firm believer that everyone deserves another chance to redeem themselves.
The Bitter Student wishes to note that Mr. Cosby is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law in the United States judicial system, and these are all just allegations in their current state.
About the author:
Naomi Stamps is a senior at the University of Georgia, who is majoring in English. She enjoys writing stories, poems, and articles that all have thoughtful messages for any reader to benefit from. She looks forward to graduating soon and becoming a successful writer one day.
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