Bill Cosby's post as 'America's Dad' on Father's Day sparks anger online

Carla Harmon
June 17, 2019

On Sunday evening, no less than Bill Cosby tweeted - from jail - what he seems to have thought would be a heartwarming, bittersweet ode to Father's Day. "After slavery was over, America kept breaking up the black man's family and that's some very bad history to teach", Cosby says in the one-minute long-clip that originally aired during a CBS black history month special.

The post was captioned, "Hey, Hey, Hey.It's America's Dad.I know it's late, but to all of the Dads". "So let's make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our goal - strengthening our families and communities".

"Mr. Cosby's (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole the word "disadvantage" and remove the 'dis, ' and start focusing on the advantage", Wyatt said.

Cosby was previously known as "America's Dad" for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992. Some Twitter users simply asked "Why?!" while others were very blunt, calling him a "rapist" and posting gifs of outrage and confusion. "Asshole", cartoonist Colleen Doran tweeted. He began serving a three- to 10-year prison term in September at a state prison near Philadelphia.

Other Twitter users highlighted the odd timing of Cosby's return to Twitter.

Obviously, Bill did not post the message himself, but his spokesman confirmed to USA Today that he requested the message be sent on his behalf.

The disgraced comedian, who is serving time behind bars for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004, shared the weird message on his official Twitter and Instagram accounts, which began: "Hey, Hey, Hey..."

While it's unclear if Cosby - who is locked up in Pennsylvania for sexual assault - even had a hand in writing the post, social media users were quick to rip him for it.

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