Phylicia Rashad is known for her grace and beauty on and off the screen. Since the allegations against her on screen husband Bill Cosby arose, she has remained silent on the subject. That is until this week when Rashad finally broke her silence on the topic. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.” Rashad was also quoted as stating “Forget these women” in her defense of Cosby.
Well, when criticisms of her comments began to flow in, Rashad felt it very necessary to correct the misunderstanding of her statements.
“That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.'” “I am a woman,” Rashad continued. “I would never say such a thing.”
In a clarifying post, Roger Freedman stated: “Let me clear something. I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated. There was NEVER the meaning in ‘Forget those women’ that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss then. She meant, ‘those women aside’– as in, she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed. It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone. I’ve been at a hospice on and off for 10 says with a family friend of 40 years. So really, let’s all calm down. What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy. That’s what she said, that’s what I wrote, I’m sorry if it caused her grief. And no one asked me to write this. I’m just saying it because I like and respect her….PS I am also taking out the “Forget those women” because it was misunderstood, and not for any other reason.”
We thank you for the clarification. That didn’t sound like something our tough but loving Claire Huxtable would say!
In other news, Bill Cosby had his first show at the Centre in the Square Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 7, 2015. Aside from a few fan hecklers outside of the theatre, Cosby started his show with a heartfelt “First of all, thank you” and then ended with he had ” a wonderful time” and received a standing ovation.