Camille Cosby has packed her designer bags and moved out of the Philadelphia area mansion she shared with rapey hubby, Bill Cosby. The male Cosby has been under house arrest since his sexual assault conviction last April.
Rumors are swirling about an impending divorce. Mrs. Cosby, who has been married to Mr. Cosby for more than 50 years, claims she never believed the 60 women who accused Bill of drugging and raping them over a 40-year period. In fact, she called his recent conviction the result of “mob rule.”
So, why the sudden change of heart? Was she tired of Bill kicking her at night with his ankle monitor? Did the Roomba get clogged one too many times with Quaaludes? Did she finally watch Leonard Part 6?
Or, maybe Camille finally accepted the truth about her husband.
Whether she knew of Cosby’s ’lude behavior for all these decades is between Camille and her high-priced attorney. To those of us on the outside, however, it’s hard to believe she didn’t have some idea about Bill’s actions-- even if she didn’t think they rose to the level of criminal behavior.
Conviction or no conviction, much of the world has also been in denial. We have a hard time separating Cosby, the man, from his public image.
So, is it still possible to laugh at his comedy when you know he’s caused so many tears?
You can’t argue Bill Cosby has had a great career. But, when you look back at his body of work, were there signs we should have seen? Or does the truth about his off-stage criminal lechery make everything he’s done in show business now seem a bit…creepy.
- On The Cosby Show, Cosby’s character, Dr. Cliff Huxtable, was an obstetrician. Let than sink in. He portrayed a character who had access to vulnerable female patients and an unending supply of pharmaceutical-grade drugs.
In retrospect, I can hear Dr. Huxtable say, “Take one of these and I’ll wake you in the morning.”
- During the 1980’s, Cosby’s portrayal of Cliff Huxtable earned him the unofficial title of “America’s Dad.”
It’s bad enough to learn that your dad has been screwing around on your mom. But when dad turns out to be a rapist, it’s enough to give an entire country daddy issues.
- On Cosby’s 1961 album It’s True! It’s True! he joked about drugging women with a well-known drug at the time called Spanish Fly.
“Oh yeah, that's really groovy man, Spanish fly is groovy, yeah. From then on, any time you see a girl: 'Wish I had some Spanish fly.' Go to a party see five girls standing alone: 'Boy if I had a whole jug of Spanish fly, I'd light that corner up over there. HAAAAAAH.”
This seems more like sworn testimony than a comedy album.
- Seven years later, Cosby released an album called To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.
I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it could explain his need to dominate women.
- In 1977, Cosby released My Father Confused Me…What Must I Do? What Must I Do?
These titles are starting to sound like a cry for help.
- In the early 1970’s, he released a non-comedy album called Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs.
I guess you might as well start them young.
- In 1975, Cosby starred in a movie called “Let’s Do It Again.”
Is that a request or a command?
- One year later, Cosby starred in Mother, Jugs and Speed.
Looking back, this sounds like three things on his To-Do List.
- Fat Albert was a cartoon character created and voiced by Bill Cosby.
In the theme song, Cosby sings, “And Bill’s gonna show you a thing or two.”
- By the 1990’s, Bill Cosby was the host of Kids Say The Darndest Things.
I wonder if one of those kids said, “Stop touching my mommy!”
Perhaps it’s not fair to look at Cosby’s career through 2018 eyes. But, I have to wonder how hard it was for these women to see him prosper and become a beloved figure when they knew the truth about his dark side.
Cosby will continue to be a hero to many regardless of how his life ends. His work was too important. I, however, would rather spend my time listening to and enjoying art made by somebody a little less creepy.
And I only have one question for Camille Cosby. What took you so long?