Cosby used to be a comic, until he turned comical...
“Cosby used to be a comic, until he turned comical...”
Cosby’s humor once was universal, starting with “Why is There Air?” and later attained its zenith with the Huxtables. And the entire nation reached out to him with the tragic death of his son.
Then something happened, in the mid 1980’s. Cosby began taking himself and his Ed.D. degree much more seriously. He supported Al Sharpton in the Tawana Brawley fraud of 1987 & still does. His public statements became much more race-specific and now culminate with the NOI endorsement.
IMO, it sounds like the paid leadership which had been needling Cosby for years for “forgetting where you came from” finally ensnared him in their deadly embrace. Cosby could have maintained his influence on entertainment & the culture across all ethnicities & groups, but instead he has been drawn back into the invisible clutches of `da hood’.
The rest of nonblack America can only bid him a sad farewell.
I loved Cosby, in the early 60s; he is a classic.
Sooner or later we must cut all old folks some slack. With few exceptions, senility and cynicism (and occasionally megalomania) take their toll, and railing against them is not very charitable. None of is guaranteed immunity from the inevitable descent into "that dark night."
I prefer to remember the genius, the performer, who gave us (and continues to give us) the pleasure of his unique gift.