For seven decades of his glorious career, Bill Cosby is known as the “America’s Dad” until he got sent to prison early this week for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in a party. But it seems like Cosby is on his way to reclaim the title given to him on the virtue of his role the hit TV show, The Cosby Show.
According to his representative and spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, the reviled Cosby has become “very popular in prison.” He was said to have been giving speeches and lectures to inmates for topics ranging from fatherhood to drugs to life.
Cosby is reportedly giving lectures to inmates for four times a day with an audience of around 100 prisoners per lecture. Cosby preaches about re-bonding with kids after the prisoners get out of prison and how drugs can destroy life. He is also offering tips and suggestions on how to stay clean.
Furthermore, he is providing tips and techniques on how to get a job once they are released, and he trains them for interviews. His audiences are members of the group “Man Up,” an organization of prisoners who are set for parole. He talks life lessons to them, keeping out of trouble and not getting locked up again.
Wyatt said that he has been doing this for the last three months.
“Mr. Cosby, roughly three months ago, had been requested by several inmates to come and speak at some of their support groups, and he debated about it and decided to take them up on their offer,” Wyatt said. “One group that he consistently speaks to is a group called ‘Man Up.’ These are guys that are going to be paroled in a few months, and he is talking to these guys because a lot of them have been in prison… and they are afraid of going back to (their) communities.”
“They viewed him as their father figure. To them, he is America’s dad,” Wyatt added.
One reason why many people go to his lectures is that they are filled with comedy (because he is a comedian; a successful one at that) and with a “fatherly” vibe.
“He’s extremely popular,” Wyatt said. “Some of them come up to him and want just to talk and want to talk about various things like ‘The Cosby Show’ and (other celebrities).”
Wyatt also added that Cosby is doing well inside prison. He said that since the comedian lost weight, he is now looking better. Previously, Bill Cosby said that his time in prison is an “awesome experience.” However, amid these remarks, he likened himself to as a political prisoner like the late Nelson Mandela.
“I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner, and I Smile,” he said.
While prison seems welcoming to Cosby, the people outside are not. A recent Father’s Day tweet from Cosby has raised many eyebrows as the disgraced actor called himself the “American Dad” with many saying that he doesn’t have the moral ascendancy to claim that title anymore.
“Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s America’s Dad…I know it’s late but to all of the Dads… It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose —strengthening our families and communities.#HappyFathersDay#RenewedOathToOurFamily,” Cosby (or his team) posted on Twitter.
When asked for comment regarding the tweet, Wyatt has a few words to say.
“He feels that it was received very well, and the media just focused on negative comments. As he always states, it’s called journalistic malpractice and bullying. The media isn’t going to focus on anything positive that people say about him on social media.”
But this is not the first of his exploits. More than 60 women have accused him of vile, disgusting, and inhumane crimes; drugging minors, sexual assault, pedophilia, sexual battery, and many more.
Only a few of these cases have gone to trial though. These crimes are not new; they have been committed across five decades of Cosby’s Pax Romana. Following his conviction, he was stripped of his praises, ousted from Oscar’s Academy. His honorary degrees rescinded, his medals taken back.