Two years after he was convicted on various sexual assault charges, a mugshot of a smiling Bill Cosby has caused a stir on social media, with some mocking the veteran comedian while others showed sympathy for his plight.
This photo was taken by his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, during his first virtual video conference call with Mr. Cosby last week. We are posting this to reassure his family and supporters that he is doing ok during this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/mISjVmly2b
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) October 21, 2020
Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for felony sex assault. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Cosby’s appeal of his 2018 conviction on Dec. 1.
Cosby was an early casualty of the #MeToo movement, as women came out against their abusers in the world of showbiz and entertainment.
Dozens of women have come forward over the years to accuse the 83-year-old of sexual assault and in his testimony he acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand unidentified pills that night that she said knocked her out.
In addition to arguing that the encounter was consensual, Cosby’s lawyers also challenged his classification as a sexually violent predator subject to lifetime supervision.
Some social media users expressed sympathy at the downfall of the man once known as “America’s Dad.”
“That mugshot of Bill Cosby tears me apart as a black man,” one commentator tweeted. “In that moment, I felt like a little boy again just reminiscing on how the Cosby’s made us believe there was a different echelon of black families. Prayers for our brother, Bill in that cage!”
Another said: “This is a painfully complex issue. Bill Cosby was among the first Black philanthropists, donating tens of millions to blacks colleges, causes, creating socially responsible media, the first public service announcements geared toward racial/ethnic pride and diversity…”
Others however, were less sympathetic with one user tweeting: “Cliff Huxtable is who we admired. Bill Cosby is the one who ruined that. He did this to himself.”