Bill Cosby: Is this the end of TVs favorite Dad?

Bill Cosby made TV History on “The Cosby Show” representing the “American Dad” of the 1980s.

At least 20 years later, he made history once again for completely opposite reasons.

The rape allegations first started with Andrea Constand in January 2004, when she accused Cosby of raping her back in 2002, three years before she made the allegation. In February 2005, after Constand failed in charging Cosby with criminal charges due to lack in evidence, she filed a civil complaint on Cosby. She wanted at least $150,000 in damages.

In the same year, lawyer Tamara Green of California appeared ABC’s The Today Show and claims that Cosby drugged and raped her back in the 1970s. In an interview with Matt Lauer, Green said that after Cosby gave her pills for a fever she had, he was “… groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me and… taking off my clothes.”

Bill Cosby speaking at a memorial service in February 2010. (Wikimedia)
Bill Cosby speaking at a memorial service in February 2010. (Wikimedia)

Constand and Green are just two of the 16 other women who came forward to repeat the same accusations. Nurse Therese Serignese and model Janice Dickinson all claimed that the actor drugged and raped them, and  models Angela Leslie and Carla Ferrigno called him out for sexual harassment and abuse. A model, a nurse and a lawyer. They are all traveling down different paths in their lives. However, there is one thing they all have in common: they all sued Cosby.

So why now? Why did they come forward after all this time has passed? It is no lie that this sudden attention from the media has initiated conversations and debates all over the world, even in the SAS community.

Members of the SAS community had very different opinions about the Cosby accusations.

Junior Louise Remus said, “I think he is innocent because these allegations are very old and don’t have much to it.” She added, “Bill Cosby, to the best of my knowledge, would never do something like that.”

Adithi Mahesh, who countered Remus’ argument, said “Bill Cosby isn’t innocent because not only is he deceiving women, but he’s also treating them with great inequality by viewing them as only objects of sexual pleasure. Just because he’s famous and is often identified as ‘Dad of America’ doesn’t mean he can get away with a crime so easily.”

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A publicity photo of Cosby taken in 1969. (Wikimedia)

As more people come forward and accuse him of sexual molestation, Cosby’s career is taking a massive turn for the worse. Reruns of the Cosby show on television have been taken off the air, and a future series he was planning with Netflix has been canceled. Live shows in Washington that he was supposed to do earlier this month have also been canceled.

Needless to say, these allegations have not only affected the way Cosby is viewed to the public eye, but as an effect, it has changed his career path.

“Well, he’s a celebrity. There will always be some way to destroy a celebrity’s reputation. But a celebrity’s main way to success is exposure and Cosby has been getting a lot of that,” said sophomore Cara Cirillo. “I think his reputation will be damaged, but his career will remain intact.”

But senior Robert Yuan didn’t agree.“These allegations have obviously changed Cosby’s career forever, and after a certain point, there is no going back. As more women step forward and accuse Cosby of sexual assault or rape, I think it is getting to the point of no return,” he said.

Author: Stephanie Palanca

Stephanie Palanca is a senior and a second year reporter for The Eye. She has lived in Singapore since fourth grade, though she is originally from Manila, Philippines. When she is not doing anything related to school, she likes to try eggs benedicts from different brunch places around Singapore, photograph the world around her, binge watch Grey’s Anatomy, and play tennis. She can be contacted at palanca30087@sas.edu.sg.

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