A Lesson from Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby

I have loved The Cosby Show from the time it debuted in the 80s. I am sure millions of others can say the same thing. I still enjoy reruns of the show when I stumble across them. But these days, a totally different Bill Cosby is being portrayed on the TV screen that made him famous in the past.

To date, at least five women have gone public saying that Bill Cosby, the beloved TV dad, raped them. Some claim he gave them pills and/or something to drink before violating them. Still, Mr. Cosby refuses to address the issue. Of course, that’s his prerogative.

But in my opinion, this is a perfect lesson from Bill Cosby on how not to handle the mounting rape allegations. First, let’s consider three possible scenarios: (1) all of the women are lying; (2) some of the women are lying and some are telling the truth; and (3) all the women are telling the truth mixed with some embellishment. Only God, Bill Cosby, and his accusers know the truth. Still, for all of these scenarios, the most irrational response is no response at all.

The premise of my position is that one places high value on having and maintaining a good name. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…,” the Bible says (Proverbs 22:1). Accordingly, Mr. Bill Cosby should vigorously defend the honor of his name–if it can be defended.

I loved The Cosby Show because was it was entertaining, it was witty, and it had take-away value. Furthermore, being an African American, I appreciated the positive way in which Cosby’s TV family was portrayed. Both mom and dad were successful professionals. In turn, their children were challenged to be success-oriented. And the content of the show was such that a Christian family could view it without being surprised by profanity and overtly sexual scenes. But with regard to the number of rape allegations Bill Cosby currently faces, I believe his response heretofore is just not practical.

Cosby is already seeing some of the consequences of his refusal to address the allegations. TV Land has pulled reruns of The Cosby Show. NBC has cancelled the sitcom that it had in the works with him. He still performs as a comedian. But I believe he will find that doing so will become increasingly difficult under the current cloud. I would not be surprised if in the end he abandons his current position to remain silent while his many accusers keep talking.

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