Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Debbie Allen On Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: 'It's Just Hard To Believe'

According to BET Centric, Debbie Allen has added her name to the small list of celebrities who are publicly defending Bill Cosby.  The comedian is in the midst of a firestorm after more than a dozen women have come forward claiming he either drugged, sexually assaulted or raped them. On a recent appearance on the “Today Show” to promote her BET holiday musical “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” Allen said the allegations were hard to believe.  “I don’t think we can have this conversation honestly in two minutes. It begs to ask a bigger question. Where’s the moral spine in America and in the world today? Because how are we raising our daughters, our sons? Where are we looking for the guidance of how we’re supposed to live," the Golden Globe winner asked before adding, “Cosby gave us one of the greatest shows in history, and redefined the perception of black people all over the world.”  Allen starred on “A Different World,” which was a spin-off of “The Cosby Show.” Her sister, Phylicia Rashad, played the indelible character Clair Huxtable. Allen has over a 20-year rapport with Cosby.  "At the same time, I'm a part of One Billion Rising," she continued. "This is a movement for women to stand up against violence and denigration of women. This is a tough situation, and it's just hard to believe. I don’t know. I think that so much time has passed before they all have kind of have come together…there’s a big question that my mother ask me every day, ‘Why now? Why are these people trying to destroy his legacy?’”  The Navy recently stripped Cosby of his honorary title and he resigned from Temple University’s board of trustees following the rape allegations.
Sidebar: How do you preserve the legacy of an alleged serial rapist? I know it's hard to believe, but I believe the women, However, I also love the Cosby show. I think we can love Cliff Huxtable and not Bill respectively. 

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