Bill Cosby’s Video about Slavery and Racism on Father’s Day Receives Backlash Online
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby shared an Instagram post on Father's Day and provoked strong reactions against him on social media.
Bill Cosby, who is serving his sentence for drugging and raping a woman, published in his Instagram a message for Father’s Day that sparked controversy and thousands of negative comments against him.
Over the years and since Cosby is in prison, he stopped being one of the celebrities most loved by the public in the United States, and social media users have been responsible for letting him be aware of their reject by posting different negative comments towards the actor.
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As soon as the four zeros went up - my memory went to a black and white photo of Steve Van Buren running with the football in the snow. Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning SuperBowl LII #EaglesSuperBowlChamps #PhiladelphiaEaglesOffense #PhiladelphiaEaglesDefense #RIPSteveVanBuren #flyeaglesfly
Cosby’s Father’s Day post, which included the hashtag "AmericasFavoriteDad", included a video of a younger Cosby that spoke about slavery and racism. However, he immediately received negative reactions from various users.
Naw you don’t get to call yourself America’s Dad. You lost that title a long time ago.— Becca (@beccs__91) June 17, 2019
The video left other Instagram users questioning how the video was published, considering that Cosby is in prison serving his sentence for 3 to 10 years for sexual assault and is not supposed to write on social media.
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Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities. #HappyFathersDay #RenewedOathToOurFamily #RenewedOathToOurCommunity #AmericasFavoriteDad #FarFromFinished
The spokesman of the actor, Andrew Wyatt, gave an explanation on the message of his represented and clarified that Cosby asked him to make this publication in support of a group called "Man Up", because the legendary actor doesn’t have access to social media from his cell.
They can tweet from prison??— The bomb diggity (@davidallan71) June 17, 2019
Cosby, who is now 81 years old and legally blind, is serving his sentence at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was convicted in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home in 2004.
Um, the title of America’s Dad goes to the 1st runner up in the event the winner is unable to fulfill his duties—including, but not limited to, being imprisoned for rape— T. Rev (@TrevvyTrev) June 17, 2019
The team of Bill Cosby had already posted other messages on the star’s account during his stay in prison, the same account that currently has about 3.5 million followers on Twitter and Instagram only 46,800.
Bill Cosby, now known as inmate No. NN7687, spent his first night in prison alone, in a single cell near the infirmary, as he began his three-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault. https://t.co/zYGJ2vdoFC pic.twitter.com/rsFDwEUinH— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) September 26, 2018
While Cosby is serving his sentence, he also has another trial opened in which dozens of women accuse him of sexual assault or misconduct during a 50-year period, including five women who testified in his new trial last year.