By: Evette Champion
There are currently close to 60 women who accuse Bill Cosby of some form of sexual assault over the past years and decades, and because of this the hit television show we all grew up with, The Cosby Show, has been taken out of syndication on numerous networks. These networks include TV Land, Bounce TV and Centric, a network owned by BET.
The future of the show’s syndication still remains in limbo, Malcolm Jamal Warner, he played Theo Huxtable, had an interview with The Huffington Post. In the sit down, he said that the television show should still be on television and also wants to say that the previous reports where he said the show’s legacy was “tarnished” was taken out of context.
“The legacy of the show being ‘tarnished’ was not my words. That was the word that the interviewer used,” he told HuffPost. “The legacy could never really be tarnished, because there are generations of young people who went to college and became doctors and lawyers because of ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘A Different World.’”
Of the December 30th arrest of Bill Cosby, Warner says that it was “surprising” and these turn of events and the legal proceedings leave some question in regards to whether the show will even be available on streaming platforms like Hulu and the like.
Whatever happens, Warner feels that the classic NBC television show has been a positive influence on the black community and black families throughout the years.
“There are so many young people who have gotten married and had families and are loving parents who communicate well with their kids because of that show,” he said. “So all of the good that show has done that can never be reversed — that can never be taken away.”
Warner lamented about the lack of a positive image representing black families on television and maybe he has a point…
“When we had images that perpetuate the negative stereotype of people of color, we’ve always had ‘The Cosby Show’ to hold up against that, and the fact that we no longer have that kind of leaves us not in a great place in terms of having the wide scope of the images of people of color,” Warner said.
What do you think about what Warner said? Do you think the show should be taken off the air simply because of the dark cloud that now surrounds Bill Cosby, or should the show remain on air?