As soon as the news hit that Bill Cosby would be going home, his tv wife from The Bill Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad came to his defense saying the right decision had been made. That was then followed up by her saying that she didn’t mean to discredit any true victims out there. Calls for her to be fired as Dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts then began. Even though the school stated that staff opinions are not their own, she has now decided to address some of the push back by issuing a formal apology to the school.
“My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence,” Rashad wrote, according to reports. She said she’s removed “that upsetting tweet” and over the next few weeks plans “to engage in active listening and participate in trainings to not only reinforce University protocol and conduct, but also to learn how I can become a stronger ally to sexual assault survivors and everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser.”
Do you think Phylicia Rashad should have issued an apology? After all, she does have a closer relationship with Cosby than most of the people criticizing her remarks. Is she not allowed to say whether she thinks her friend is guilty or not?