Bill Cosby has an enviable career. From his early days as a stand-up to his award-winning turn on “I Spy” to his legendary, groundbreaking TV show, “The Cosby Show,” he has always achieved and been recognized. His comedy is some of the best in the world. His storytelling technique is creative and fun. I used to listen to “Bill Cosby Himself” as a child. His different voices were hilarious! I was a Cosby fan and proud of it.
I still enjoy listening to his Fat Albert and Old Weird Harold stories.
Now, he finds himself in the middle of a PR crisis. With several women making sexual accusations toward him, his reputation has taken a serious hit. In show business, that reputation is everything. For decades audiences idolized Cosby and now it is these accusations that are grabbing the headlines.
Cosby refuses to comment on the accusations.
As a PR professional, this situation is fascinating. It is very true that the higher one climbs in show business, the harder they fall.
What is the most fascinating aspect of this case is the silence. Not only the silence from Cosby but the silence from his supporters. For years many fellow comedians and co-stars have gushed over Cosby and his role in their careers. Now… silence.
One has to wonder what Joan Rivers and Robin Williams would have said. I doubt they would be quiet.