Like millions of American, I grew up watching the Cosby show. I'd come home after school, do my homework, eat dinner, and sit down in the living room with my parents to enjoy a program that we thought was wholesome, innocent humor.
For millions of Americans, Cosby represented the American dream, the much sought after American lifestyle, and an all-American success story. Regardless of race, the entertaining show captured our hearts and minds, gave us hope for a brighter future, and something to live-up to and strive for. We were captivated by what seemed like such divine and sublime innocence. Cosby played a doctor on the show and as Mr Huxtable, his behavior was respectable, classy, and humorous. We just adored him.
As an adult I watched Cosby's comedy clip videos on YouTube and was very impressed by the fact that his jokes were always clean and never perverted. There are plenty of comedians who make dirty jokes, sexual jokes, perverted jokes, and jokes with sexual innuendos, but Cosby's humor was always classy, clean, elegant, and eloquent and I respected that he didn't have resort to the lowest common denominator. Unlike many other comedians, he didn't curse, swear, or use any vulgarity, or profanity in his stand up routines.
On the surface he was just an exemplary citizen who deserved his vast fame and fortune. He played the part of a great man, person, husband, father, leader, and entertainer very well. So well in fact, that he fooled us all, he tricked us all, and he deceived us all. And now we are left baffled and bewildered, trying to make sense of possibly the greatest deception of our time.
Had it been one of the comedians who was making perverted, crass, and crude jokes, we would have said, "We should have seen that coming." But Cosby? No one could even have imagined that the picture perfect celebrity role model could have been leading a double life all this time. That beneath the surface of what we thought looked as close to perfection as it gets, was a rotten, despicable, and very sick and twisted human being.
We have been duped America. And why this is such a big deal is that we made him rich. We supported him, we bought tickets to his shows, we gave him the fame and fortune because we thought the act was real. Had we known years ago what we know now, Cosby would not be rich and (in)famous, he'd be broke and behind bars!
When an American purchases a product because of certain healthy ingredients, and if it is later discovered that there was false advertisement and that the product did not in fact contain the ingredients that were listed on the label, the person can sue the company for false advertisement. The person unknowingly bought a lie. A company has a responsibility to list the correct ingredients on the label and if they omit or add something in-authentically, the damages caused to the public are grounds for legal action.
According to online sources, Cosby is worth approximately 400 million dollars. I believe that the American people should file a class action law suit against Cosby for deceiving us. We made him rich not knowing that all along he was a sexual predator and adulterer. Although the statute of limitations have passed on the women he drugged and raped and he has settled out of court on some cases and who knows how many women out there have not come forward out of embarrassment, shame, or fear of negative publicity, we cannot sit still and allow this pervert to be a free man living in the lap of luxury.
In the 2005 deposition tapes he admits to drugging and sexually abusing women. Where is the justice? We the American people are outraged, disappointed, disillusioned. betrayed, disgusted, angry, sad, confused, and shocked. We have so many questions and no answers. Why did he do it? What causes a person to repeatedly drug and rape women? How did he get the drugs? On what basis did he select his victims? How many victims were there? Is it a mental illness? Is it curable? Is it an addiction or a compulsion? Why didn't he get help? Does he know that it's wrong? After he admitted drugging and raping women, how did his wife feel? Why does she stay with him? Does he feel any remorse? Why hasn't he issued an apology? Does he have a conscience? Is he a sociopath?
Each act had to be carefully planned and premeditated. It's not like a murder case where someone can plea temporary insanity. This was clearly an ongoing hidden insanity and the fact that it was such a well kept secret for so many years leads me to believe that he knew it was evil and he kept doing it anyway. Was that part of the thrill? The possibility of being caught or found out?
I wish Oprah or someone else could interview Cosby. Does he have any regrets? Does he realize that each victim can have a lifetime of emotional and trust issues due to his sexual abuse? Does he care?
I would want to know the answers to all of the above questions in order to try to learn the mind of a pervert in order to prevent future women from falling prey to such predatory charismatic and charming characters who live double lives. We have to protect our children from these masterminds of deception. We have to learn as a society that not everything that glitters is gold. Once again we have judged a book by its cover and we have been very, very wrong. We must learn from our mistakes and try very hard not to make them again in the future.
I mourn the loss of what I thought was a great man. I feel sorry for all the victims and their families. I feel a sense of unfairness about it all. I feel unsettled. I wish justice could be served. I want closure. I wish Cosby would be a decent person and say that he was sorry to all his victims and to the American people who he purposely deceived. It's the least that he could do. This really is the world of illusion. I can only rest assured that he will be taken care of in the afterlife.
Cosby you broke our hearts but not our spirit. America better rethink her laws when people admit to heinous crimes after the statute of limitations passes. This lack of justice is upsetting and unsettling.
Take a bow Cosby. The show is over.
Take a bow Cosby. The show is over.