In a new interview, Rashad shares her feelings about the scandal that led her former co-star to lose his freedom This week, Phylicia Rashad had a message for all the The Cosby Show fans torn about watching the sitcom since Bill Cosby’ s fall from grace.
“I don’t know why anybody would feel that way,” she tells Bustle. “I just don’t accept what somebody says because they say it, and they say it in a loud voice. The internet has given a lot of anonymous people a very loud voice. And this too has happened before.”
“Zora Neale Hurston died a pauper,” Rashad continues. “And do you know why? You should do a little research on that. You should go back and look at some charges that were brought up against her that didn’t make any sense. And look at what happened when the judge had thrown out the case, but it had gone through [Black magazines], through this step and the other, and her books were taken off the shelf.”
Hurston was falsely accused of sexually abusing her 10-year-old son in 1948, per The New York Times. She was indicted, but the case was thrown out later, having no real basis. Nevertheless, Hurston ‘s career never recovered — and Rashad seems to imply here that charges against Cosby had been made in the hope of having a similar effect.
“I know what I know, and I just stay with what I know,” Rashad says. “And it will happen in time, that this will come around another way, as it often does. And then people say, ‘Oh.’”