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OJ Simpson isn’t the only one making an unconventional presence on social media within this week!
Bill Cosby still remains active on social media, despite serving a prison sentence for sexual assault. The actor/comedian took to Twitter on Sunday to post a Father’s Day message that forced a negative reaction from social media users.
“Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s America’s Dad,” stated Cosby in his tweet. “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.”
Alongside the message, Cosby included an old video of him discussing racism and slavery, using the hashtags #HappyFathersDay and #RenewedOathToOurFamily.
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… https://t.co/TPEFC9iTZe
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2019
Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told USA Today that Cosby requested a Father’s Day message be posted on his behalf in support of a group named Man Up.
“Mr. Cosby’s (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole soon…to…take the word “disadvantage” and remove the “dis,” and start focusing on the advantage,” Wyatt said. “That advantage is to be better fathers and productive citizens.”
Social media commenters were not having it, finding the message to be odd and inappropriate.
“Go f*** yourself, Bill.” one user wrote.
Prior to the 50 women that accused Cosby of sexual assault, the actor-slash-comedian was once dubbed as “America’s Dad,” and known for representing family values.
Cosby is currently incarcerated in SCI-Phoenix, a maximum-security state prison in suburban Philadelphia following his conviction in April 2018, where he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.
According to Cosby’s representatives, Cosby remains in the veteran’s facility with other “elderly” inmates where he will continue to serve his 3 to 10 year prison sentence.