Friday, September 17, 2021

‘Cosby Show’ Alum Joseph C. Phillips to Bill: ‘Please Go Live a Quiet Country Life’

Joseph C. Phillips
Joseph C. Phillips

*Actor Joseph C. Phillips, a former EURweb contributor who starred as Navy Lt. Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show,” has written an essay about his boyhood idol Bill Cosby, and coming to the realization that he is indeed “guilty” of drugging women with whom he wanted to have sex.

In the essay, titled “Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty,” Phillips begins by recalling his admiration of the veteran entertainer while growing up.

I watched everything Bill Cosby did. My father had several of his comedy albums; I memorized them backwards and forwards. Bill was one of two comics that I imitated and memorized. Richard Pryor was the other. I owe my sense of humor to Bill Cosby. However, for me, Bill Cosby was more than a comedian. Bill was my idea of a great man – a great Black man! He was good looking, talented, smart, and he was fearless. The Cos was a ladies man, but also good father and husband – devoted to his wife and children. Bill was educated; he collected art and was fluent in jazz. After my father, Bill Cosby was the man I aspired to be. Few get an opportunity to meet their idol, much less work with them. I was blessed in that regard, and even more blessed that I found my idol as clever, kind, and brilliant as I had imagined.

He writes about the “parade” of women who Bill would have on set at “The Cosby Show” – all “light-skinned” with “good” hair, Phillips noted.

When I joined the cast of the Cosby Show in 1989, it seemed to be common knowledge that Bill played around. When I say common knowledge, I mean that it was just something that people seemed to know without anyone saying anything. Bill sleeping around was a “fact” that, like, the air, seemed to just be. You didn’t have to see it or hear it to know that it existed.

Phillips writes about what Cosby’s wife Camille must’ve thought during those days. He figured she had to have known about the other women, but “had long ago made her peace with it.”

I am also of the opinion that some women who are married to prominent men strike a deal with themselves. They believe that, for men, the act of sex is removed from love. The bargain they make is that as long as their husbands continue to bring home the checks and don’t bring home any babies or diseases, they will overlook any dalliances. So, in 1989, my attitude was that if Bill was cheating on Camille, I am fairly certain Camille knew.

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He also writes about a female friend who recently revealed to Phillips that she, too, was sexually abused by Cosby.

Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed him for violating both her trust and her body. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success. I listened patiently. As she began to run out of steam, she turned to me. “Do you believe me?”

Yes.” I said. “I believe you.”

“Why?” she asked.

“Because I don’t believe that you are crazy and only a crazy person would sit with me all this time and share a fantasy.”

He ends the essay with a plea to his former idol:

Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend. Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment.

Read the entire essay here.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Another example black men don’t support each other. As many white men who knew of other white men who have hung black men from a tree. I wonder would you get, just one, who would publicly come out and say, I knew you did it and I believe your wife knew you did it, so just go away. Again, pride is the difference and winner

    • While I appreciate your comment, I don’t believe it’s fair. It’s a no-win situation. Any black man that supports Bill Cosby is committing “social suicide” and will be dubbed a rapist and racist for supporting him only because he’s black. Any black man that comes out against him is selling him out. Why not just judge Bill by his actions and leave all other black men to be individuals. If white men supported other white men while they lynched black men that’s something they’ll have to deal with when they look in the mirror and when they face their maker. No bearing on this.

  2. A lovely and sensible essay. But I think Bill was working on living “a quiet life” minus an articulate outburst every now and then before these women started coming forward. That is easy to say, but won’t be easy to do…Not now, anyway. The only control he has over this situation now is to re-confirm what has now been revealed in the court documents…And apologize to these women. He won’t have any peace until he unburdens himself in this way.

  3. We can no longer say that this was a conspiracy to bring down a Black man. .. The release of those court documents settles the fact. But if there was any thuth that it was a conspiracy, his pattern of behavior gave those the ammunition they needed. It is sad to say, but Bill Cosby is a serial rapist, and there are more emotionally injured women out there. He was an undetected predator in the industry and I am sure there are people within the industry whom knew his m.o. but protected him because he was a moneymaker for them, and in my opinion, they are cupable as well. What is ironic is that he portrayed himself as a moralist, when obviously, he had some kind of split personality. I would have disagreed with the Chamber of Commerce if the accusation was a mere allegation of one or two persons, but now we have a deposition where he admitted it in one incident, over two dozen women who have come forth, and I’m sure scores more women who know the truth, but are afraid to come forward, or are still scarred by their experience that they would rather not re-visit the subject. Bill Cosby has disgraced his legacy, and is now paying the price: His star on the Walk of Fame is now a blot of shame. If his star were to be removed, I would have no objection, and for the women who have carried the burden of shame for years, for them, final vindication.

  4. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for “degrading herself in pursuit of success.” I guess that part was missed. If these women were around and known to be sleeping with Cosby, how is it that they didn’t know? Y’all killing me.

  5. This sounds like the ‘casting couch’ which has existed in Hollyweird since Hollyweird’s been in existence. Quite different from what other women are accusing Cosby. If those parade of women are consenting to be around Cosby, THAT part does not constitute guilt. So I don’t agree with Phillips’ assertion. He’s comparing apples and oranges.

  6. We all don’t agree on everything, but we should agree that we need to unite for the benefit of ourselves as a people. It’s amazing that we hate this one man so much that we will assist in throwing him to the wolves. Are we naïve enough to believe that when we throw him to the wolves they aren’t waiting to take a bite out of us, as well? We don’t know who our true enemy is and that’s why we don’t know how, who, and when to fight. We are blind folded and fighting each other. If you think this “revelation” concerning Bill Cosby wasn’t orchestrated you are blinded. If Bill would have never tried to buy a television network, all of this would have been a nonfactor. He is being put in his place and we are loving it.

  7. I said it, I never liked Cosby but I agree with you that this is a witchhunt/trial by social media, mainstream media, and the public.It’s very sad situation but Cosby also put himself in this situation. He got too comfortable and just like OJ, thought yt’s love affair with him would never end. Now, he’s getting his wake up call.

  8. while some of you guys really have your head in your own asses …. A plot against the black man? we don’t support each other and stick together…. you’re pitiful and what holds us back

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