She came out for the movie “Selma”‘s luncheon and of course she wasn’t going to be left alone to the entertainment at hand without being asked what she had to say about her tv hubby and all that’s going on.
Spoken like a true long-time friend and co star-not an attorney-Rashad via Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 on Tuesday, January 6, Friedman reportedly asked Cosby’s former tv wife her thoughts on it all. The Do No Harm actress expressed:
“Forget these women,”
…she said of the 20+ women who have come forward with accusations of sexual assault by Rashad’s former tv husband.
“What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture. This show represented America to the outside world,”
…she said about The Cosby Show.
“This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
Rashad, who says she still thinks highly of the comedian-actor and his real-life wife of 50 years: Camille Cosby, said to Friedman
“I love him. This [his wife] is a tough woman, a smart woman. She’s no pushover.”
Although the world has yet to hear from the other shows’ main characters son “Theo” played by Malcolm Jamal Warner, or his tv daughter “Vanessa” played by Tempest Bledsoe, we did (sort of ) hear from his second to the eldest daughter “Denise” played by Lisa Bonet via a cryptic Tweet that was sent out and later retracted in exchange of the explanation given that the Twitter account was a fake and a hoax and the author of it was not Bonet.
We did hear from the youngest tv daughter “Rudy” played by Keshia Knight Pulliam who was just fired this past Sunday night’s premier of Celebrity Apprentice–fired for not putting a call in to the real-life Bill Cosby (as a resource for assistance for project she was leading for her team). Rather than remaining mum (like Warner, Bonet, and Bledsoe) or vehemently defending her tv dad (like his tv wife Rashad did), Kesha had this diplomatic response to say [about it]: “Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there. I can only speak to the great man that I know and that I love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist and giving back millions of dollars to education and to schools… and just the man I grew up knowing.”
The unfortunate part about life and the flesh of man: [people: women, and men] is that-we are all human. Unlike animals, who completely live and survive on instinct (rather than emotion and intuition); we (humans) are ever-changing.
Part of that “ever changing” has a lot to do with the fact that when we are brought into the world, are only given about a 5-year permission slip to be who we are. After about 5 years old, our parents, grandparents, and environment (immediate and outside) begin to shape what we do and say by shunning, chastising, or accepting the things we do or say which to, are ever-changing [depending on what we go to love, like, feel, or think is okay and normal for us].
…And then: it’s on.
We live in (right-brained) a society where, in order to function as a “normal” (rather than deviate) member of society, there are rules to be followed- an order of things, beginning with schools and the bureaucracy in schools:
We learn that we have to get up in the morning to be a certain place on time, and are being reminded by ringing bells that throughout the day: we have to be at another place at a certain time, that ensures [us] that by the end of the day we have taken care of business (in the realm of education). That routine is too (although not directly telling us), we are secretly being groomed for the fact that, that’s the way things are going to go (in order to be a productive member of society and make a living, after primary education (preschool/middle school/high school).
The difference in the life after that form of grooming is that no books will be given to you and no bells will be ringing for you to remind you-by this time, the responsibility is on you.
In the middle of all this “life training” and “ways” to do things, we are developing personalities and meshing with others personalities-shaping who we are, what we think, and feel.
- Whether we branch off and go to secondary education (college) then do the accepted practical societal norm: secure a practical job, (next step), procreate and make a family (next step) house on the hill, white picket fence and two dogs that go “woof woof” etc.
- Others may skip secondary education but still do the (accepted/practical) norm: secure a practical job, (next step), procreate and make a family (next step) house on the hill, white picket fence and two dogs that go “woof woof” etc.
- And then there’s the impractical, unaccepted, risk-taking (un-norm) that’s sure to send your family and friends in a complete uproar; often times either from disappointment in your chosen route, envy, care-but fear for you and your chosen route, or just the sheer inability to now relate to you in comparison to their practical chosen routes–leaving you with no support or encouragement—that is…until the big nickel and the glitter shows up from that thing called now called (and respected as) a “career.”
In America especially, ^ those are all the routes we (are expected) choose in order to live this life and become a functioning member of society.
The “in-betweens” of those bullet points are those in society who want neither the practical or impractical. Society knows that in due time, you can’t make it in this life until you pick one so, they have institutions in place awaiting you because they know that in due time, you’ll be stopping by soon (or a time, or two, three, or forever).
…Because you didn’t follow the rules, you see.
Social control and order.
I explained all that to give you a visual and an example of “life” and how it goes on…but keep in mind that while following these rules we still have our own
“person.” And our own person (through all abovementioned) has been shaped for years [through our experiences, experiences and relationships with others-business and personal, and as well: our environment-social, cultural, and socio-economic].
The unfortunate part about being our own “person” is that we are not 5 years-old anymore. Now, as adults, we have ways that we can and cannot socialize and function that too, can make us look not well or deviate or too [seemingly] normal, kind, nice, respectable-all that.
Social control and order is always there to remind us that if who we are and what we feel, or think, or do doesn’t follow a set of societal norms and doings…we have to find a way to do them in private and put on a better frontface.
So when it comes to people (when you’re of sound mind and judgment, and of critical thought in thinking) you can only make statements on, judgments about, and conclude your personal experience(s) with people (e.g. AS DID “RUDY” /KESHA KNIGHT-PULLIAM):
“Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there. I can only speak to the great man that I know and that I love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist and giving back millions of dollars to education and to schools… and just the man I grew up knowing.” [quote]
When it comes to people, in all that living we’ve done-we’ve all had experiences we dare not share or tell nobody but God, and as well, we’ve had others that (now especially with social media) we shout them sh|ts out to the world! Don’t we?
But our frontfaces, (and experiences, lifestyles, etc)-the ways we present ourselves to people we’ve lived around and worked with for years–and even the women’s bodies through which we came—even they never know the “darker” sides of us.
We all have “dark” sides.
But some are deeper than others.
Some are more deviant (and although may not be illegal), but still, deviant nonetheless.
As well, some of our dark sides are indeed illegal.
And it is our circumstances, financial states, or mental states, that can either afford us to hide our darkness(es).
Sometimes our mental states tell us what’s really wrong, is right.
Sometimes our financial states tell us it’s wrong, but our dark sides can but long-hidden because of therefore, it’s right (for and to us–that’s why we do them).
When it comes to people, what we do, what we think, what we feel, and the ways we live (when no ones watching) can be kept secret with the smiles and our dealings with the outside world. We have to put on our frontfaces to get along in this world (WHETHER WE HAVE PERSONAL, DEVIANT, MORAL, IMMORAL OR ILLEGAL DARK SIDES).
So when it comes to vehemently saying what a flesh-filled, ever-changing, (INTUITIVE, RATHER THAN INSTINCTUAL) human being will, or won’t do-you have to stick with what your personal experiences with them are WITHOUT condemnation of them or the other side, until all facts are determined (like “Rudy” did).
Or: You have to remain mum (like Denise and Malcolm are doing).
We the public, (who neither know, or have worked with Bill Cosby or know him personally-any other way outside of “Dr. Huxtable” [being] Americas tv dad) fo not know him personally. So we are far from being able to [vehemently be] pro or con to the situation.
“Forget these women,”
“What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture. This show represented America to the outside world“
“This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
…I’m gonna have to fold my arms and roll my neck like “Claire Huxtable” and say this in regards to those statements:
All of that tells us who “Dr. Huxtable” was.
All of that is crying shame and a definitely true: a legacy being destroyed…and that hurts us all-these accusations of a tv dad we grew up learning from, trusting, [and feeling like] we knew.
You… reading this:
Have you seen played out on tv, met, or talked to Kesha Knight-Pulliam (“Rudy”) and ever referred to her as, or watched somebody try to call her “Rudy?”
She will read your tail the riot act and put you in check-quickly. And remind you that “Rudy” and Kesha are two different people.
Have you seen played out on tv, met, or talked to Malcolm Jamal-Warner (“Theo”) and ever referred to him as, or watched somebody try to call him “Theo?”
He will read your tail the riot act and put you in check-quickly. And remind you that “Theo” and Malcolm are two different people.
They are both apart of the same legacy (as Bill Cosby). And we all love, respect, (and still) stand by The Cosby Show legacy (and even “Dr. Huxtable”).
But who is Bill Cosby?