There's a mark difference between celebrities and politicians. Sure, Bill Clinton beat the rap from his affairs, but he's essentially the only
one (still alive) that's been forgiven by the Dems. John Edwards did something despicable, and he's dead to the party. Yet
, Newt Gingrich did the same thing (all the while leading the charge to impeach Clinton), and is still a beloved member of the GOP. Even tried to run last election. And there's a leap of hypocrisy here. Remember the guy from Grey's Anatomy that called one of the actors a gay slur? Horrible, horrible, irredeemable monster that needs to be fired. Politician says the same thing and it's "oh, it's just that party being that party." Even gets votes
. Collectively, we punish celebs for exhibiting the same views that we elect certain politicians for. The difference is, oh I dunno
, the celebrities don't run the darn country.
I got to thinking recently about Bill Cosby and his alleged sexual assault controversies, and it made me wonder: is it still right to enjoy his past work and laugh at his jokes given all this? And does some of the stuff in his infamous "Pound Cake Speech
" from 2004 suddenly become irrelevant now?
I'm very conflicted about this sort of thing. Some celebs do some outright terrible stuff, and it's disproportionate considering which celebrity it is. Like the Olympic swimmer who used not performance enhancing, completely recreational pot that one time, yet certain celebrities pretty much build their personas on being potheads. One lost multiple deals for doing something that, frankly, isn't any worse than drinking. It's not like he was dealing it to kids. But there's that "all sports people are role models, nay, GODS because they can do a sport" thing.
I could list a bunch of celebs and crazy crap they did, but I'm going to have to cut to the chase with Cosby. I am incredibly conflicted by this. To me it's not just a matter of "he did something bad but also a funny." It's he was a philanthropist and a man who people looked up to that actually had some important things to say who also drugged and raped women on the side. And what's worse, it worked into some of his art, too. He had a stand up bit about it, it was an episode of the Cosby show with the barbecue sauce. Now, what gets me is that these allegations popped up years ago and no one said much about it other than maybe a Cleveland Show joke and an unfortunately timed episode of Black Dynamite that came out just
as the more [darn]ing allegations popped back up. I've said before Fat Albert is one of the few 1970's cartoons I feel was quality, and this really
complicates everything. Of course, Bill basically just makes live action appearances and does voice work, and to throw the entire show out is to throw out the talented writers that actually made
the show out of a comedy routine.
Then of course, there's always the French dub. To my knowledge the guy they used to localize the show didn't do nothin'..
But the thing about Cosby is that he was a bastion for morals and action in the community that did freaking awful stuff while
he was doing it. I was a big big fan and all, and that's what made me angry the most. That he was able to do good while doing bad. Now, there's always Tim Allen who not only did crack, but finked on all his friends and he's the iconic voice of a children's movie spaceman. Mathew Broderick had a vehicular homicide. And Robert Downey Jr. had his career shattered until he played a certain Marvel comics billionaire who had the same problem with alcohol. And that stuff is on levels of questionable but forgivable. It's the moral standing, I feel, and repeated transgressions that keep me from fully enjoying Bill's work the way I used to. I mean, I'm keeping my Fat Albert DVD's and Vinyl figures.
Yet, there are those who don't embrace Mike Tyson Mysteries because he did bad stuff when he was a boxer. At least his show was done years after he got help and
wasn't directed to kids.