Considering the blogsphere’s media hailstorm yesterday after it circulated that after all this time the world awaited the typically reclusive tv wife of Bill Cosby to speak-she finally stepped up but spoke less than demure than her character “Claire.” To add insult to expectation, as a woman (regardless her closeness to Cosby) no one expected her to blunting say “Forget these women.”
Even her tv babygirl “Rudy” made a statement that was so diplomatically and sensibly perfected that it seemed like semantics from the Gods!
“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.”
So for Muva Huxtable to finally take the stage to speak out with a half-cocked statement prefacing her defense of Cosby with “Forget these women” –that took many aback and pretty much made her reply (having stepped up after “Rudy’s response) the equivalent of a megastar headliner giving less than stellar a show than the tour guest.
Well, before the sun came up and the whole day of this hailstorm could be laid to rest and the world could write the well-respected tv mom off into “BYE-FELICIA” oblivion
Phylicia Rashad stepped forth to clear the smoke-filled air, and to correct (what she says) was a misquote [as published by Roger Friedman over at Showbiz 411].
Let the record state that Phylicia Rashad states that [her correct] words were as follows:
“This is not about those women. This is about the obliteration of a legacy.”
“Forget these women.”
Rashad also defended:
“I am a woman. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
Before Rashad got her chance to speak to television media (with Linsey Davis of World New Tonight as shown on the footage above the OSF big screen), Gloria Allred was already across town hauling about 3 new (alleged) victims of Cosby’s alleged abuse.
As she sat to do her press conference for these women, Alred asserted and challenged [Phylicia Rashad]:
“Phylicia. You should be supporting these women!”
Well Allred and Phylicia’s paths and wires obviously crossed.
And although (when asked by Linsey Davis if she had heard about the drugging allegations, Phylicia brushed over the question as if she knew nothing about that and therefore-obviously-is not necessarily in “support” of these women (accusers/alleged victims); as a woman however, she did make it clear [that she would never disregard the possibility of another woman being violated] with a statement like “Forget these women.”
Scroll up to the OSF big screen and check out the interview for yourself!
By the way.
For those who were curious as to how Rashad’s Emmy winning sister, Hot Chocolate Nutcracker creator, dancer, (Capricorn), “Fame” alum, Grey’s Anatomy star Debbie Allen weighed in on this Bill Cosby debacle. This is what she says about the legacy:
“I think it certainly is tarnished…that anyone is asking the question. Just imagine Mickey Mouse saying that he raped Minnie. Minnie Mouse is part of the fabric of America. Whether he did it or not, the question is being raised.”
Semantics complete w/an analogy from the Gods!