*With its November cover featuring a shattered image of the iconic Huxtable family of TV’s “The Cosby Show,” Ebony magazine is striking a nerve among readers.
For Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo on the classic sitcom, the cover is one he is not happy with at all. The entertainer weighed in on the image, which reflects the impact of multiple sexual assault and drugging allegations against Bill Cosby on the legacy of the show.
In his eyes, Ebony’s cover furthers the perpetuating stereotype of the “broken black family” stereotype.
“[The cover is] contributing to the stereotypical image that society has of the broken black family and the shattered black family,” Warner said during an interview on HuffPost Live. “And to take something that … for 20 [or] 30 years has been what we have held up as the black family that we all want to aspire to, in terms of the love that we don’t see when we see black families in the media — to take that image and to shatter it, it’s disappointing to a lot of us.”
Warner’s comments come after he previously mentioned that the legacy of “The Cosby Show” has been “tarnished” by the allegations against Cosby. To see Warner’s interview, check out the video below: