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Bill Cosby's legacy: From America's dad to 'America's rapist'

By USA TODAY

Cosby built his reputation playing "America's dad." Now he'll be forever linked with sexual assault, even if his conviction is eventually overturnedRead full story

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  • Elizabeth  Hurley
    Elizabeth HurleyOperations Manager at NewsPicks

    I’m glad justice was served but I hope that this will be the same type of justice served for every person charged with rape or sexual assault. I just hope that they aren’t trying to make an example of Cosby by locking him up and throwing away the key and then not charging Harvey with a similar sentence. I also don’t agree that everything Cosby has accomplished is diminished because of his crimes. He opened the door for black actors and actresses and opened America’s eyes to television programming

    I’m glad justice was served but I hope that this will be the same type of justice served for every person charged with rape or sexual assault. I just hope that they aren’t trying to make an example of Cosby by locking him up and throwing away the key and then not charging Harvey with a similar sentence. I also don’t agree that everything Cosby has accomplished is diminished because of his crimes. He opened the door for black actors and actresses and opened America’s eyes to television programming that represents more than just white people. Which was way overdue.

  • "Bill Cosby was once known as America’s dad. Now, he’ll forever be known as America’s rapist. And that’s the fact. There may be an appeal, but his reputation is forever scarred."

  • Billy Parkman
    Billy Parkman Property Maintenance at LawnWorx

    You never really know a person. Especially, one you only see on tv. Who you are behind closed doors is more accurately who you are in public. We all, as human beings, have a proclivity toward moral darkness. An awareness and concern of who we are when we are alone, will take us further toward finding help in becoming the people that spend ourselves protecting others rather than using them.

  • Catherine Tannahill
    Catherine Tannahillprof, teacher

    This is painfully sad for so many of us. He was a positive black role model that helped many of us see blacks as successful professionals & families. He was funny & warm without the stereotypical cartoonishness. Yes, it was just a tv show but it was a positive one. Nobody was a fool; not even dad. Oh how I wanted this to be false.

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