William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., born July 12, 1937 (age 85), is an American actor and comedian from Philadelphia. He is famous for his role on The Cosby Show, the highest rated show in television at that time, his TV advertisements for Jello, Kodak, Ford Motor Company and Coca-Cola, his children's comedy cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and his comedy albums. Once dubbed "America's Dad," Cosby is one of the most prominent victims of leftist cancel culture. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in June 2021 ordered Cosby's immediate release and overturned a conviction in what apparently was a woke show trial.
The prosecution was in part the result of retaliation against Cosby for the conservative "Pound Cake" speech he gave to the NAACP in 2004, which liberals disliked. In 2015, a judge unsealed confidential records by citing that speech 11 years earlier by Cosby, holding that by volunteering to the public "his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime," Cosby had "narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim."
Bill Cosby has been married to Camille Cosby since 1964. They had four daughters and one son. Their son Ennis was murdered in 1997 and his killer is in prison. One of their daughters died in 2018.
Cosby is a Protestant and has spoken about how important his faith is to him. He angered many people when he voiced criticism of the African-American community's acceptance of single-parent households, high crime and imprisonment rates and other problems. He has also said black people in America should not blame white people for the problems black people face today. He said that they should take personal responsibility and better themselves through education and hard work, rather than becoming parents at an early age. For this reason, Cosby was highly regarded among conservatives who feel the same way.
Sexual assault allegations
|"In a 2008 interview, Cosby mentioned Philadelphia; Atlanta; Chicago; Detroit; Oakland, California; and Springfield, Massachusetts among the cities where crime was high and young African-American men were being murdered and jailed in disproportionate numbers. Cosby stood his ground against criticism and affirmed that African-American parents were continuing to fail to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior.
Cosby's vocal social comments led to the unsealing of documents in a previous civil suit by a woman who had accused Cosby of sexual assault..."
Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges, and his trial in court began June 5, 2017. The first trial ended in a hung jury, and he was retried in 2018. The second trial resulted in a conviction and Cosby, at the age of 81, was sentenced to 3 - 10 years. He served two years when on June 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania fully reversed a conviction and ordered his immediate release without any more retrials, on grounds that a former district attorney had agreed not to prosecute Cosby (due, in part, to lack of admissible evidence, primarily that the victim had waited an entire year before filing a criminal complaint, and in the interim continued to have contact with Cosby) in exchange for forcing him to testify in the victim's civil suit against him. (The prosecutors appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which denied certiorari, thus Cosby's acquittal is final.)
Several universities have revoked honorary degrees awarded to Cosby due to sexual assault allegations, including Yale University which revoked the first honorary degree in the history of the university.
- The show was so popular that a Presidential address to the nation by the equally popular Ronald Reagan had to be delayed until after the show aired.
- Hensch, Mark (December 15, 2011). Q&A: Bill Cosby Talks Family, Faith and Tim Tebow. The Christian Post. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
- National Leadership Network of Conservative African-Americans. Thank You, Bill Cosby, For Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time 
- Murphy, James (April 30, 2018). Bill Cosby's Conviction of Sexual Assault Overshadows the Rest of His Life. The New American. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
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