If I Were to Write a Letter to Bill Cosby I Think I’d Say . . .
You don’t know me from Adam, or should I say, Eve? However, I really felt the need to drop you a line.
I just wanted you to know that I adored you as Cliff Huxtable. Gosh, were you ever fantastic! I’m sure I watched every Cosby episode – most of them twice. I tuned in, laughed at your humor and applauded your basic human decency and wisdom that came shining through in your show.
At the time, you were one of the most visible and important black males out there. One who stood as a beacon of light and a ray of hope: a role model for intellectual and financial success as well as upstanding, ethical behavior. And I lauded you for that.
That is, back when ignorance was bliss.
I also want you to know that I feel like I’m going to wretch when I see you now.
That’s particularly the case when you’re pictured beside your wife/business manager, Camille, who, with an ever-present smile, supports you in your violent, misogynistic, rapist tendencies that have reduced many of her fellow sisters into walking, talking, hollowed out shells of fear, self-doubt, self-recrimination, and mortification.
I pray with all of my might that your victims are able to heal enough to find some semblance of peace. I also pray that you will soon be locked up until your dying day so you can no longer harm any of my fellow sisters.
Despite the crippled emotional state you left them in, nearly 50 women have dug down deep inside and mustered up the courage to step forward and attest that you drugged them, raped them, and scarred them for life.
Yet still you remain free.
Free to continue with your comedy shows for the few left who will listen, free to provide pompous TV interviews dripping with o-ver-ly e-nun-ci-a-ted, patronizing lies spilling from the lips of a serial rapist, and free to continue on with your drug-infused debauchery if you so choose.
Why is that? Why are you still free after 50 years of sexual assault accusations from nearly 50 different women?
Here’s my best guess.
You have money, you have power, and you have testosterone.
And it’s about time two of those three things were taken away from you forever.
An Outraged Former Fan
Cover photo courtesy of: Huffington Post