Howard University Students Call for Phylicia Rashad Firing Following Her Support for Bill Cosby
The Howard University is under pressure to fire the ‘Cosby Show’ alum as the dean of College of Fine Arts following her controversial support for former TV co-star.
AceShowbiz -Executives at America’s prestigious Howard University are facing calls to fire Phylicia Rashad as a faculty member after applauding Bill Cosby‘s release from prison.
The veteran actress faced a backlash on Wednesday (30Jun21) after celebrating Pennsylvania Supreme Court officials’ decision to overturn her former “The Cosby Show” co-star’s 2018 sex crimes conviction and set him free, citing legal technicalities during his trial.
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” she posted on Twitter, alongside a photo of a smiling Cosby.
Rashad later returned to insist she stands with sexual assault survivors for speaking out, claiming she didn’t mean to be “insensitive” with her post, but she did not apologise or retract her support of the disgraced comedian.
Her tweets earned her a rebuke from Howard University chiefs, who chastised her for lacking “sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault,” but the public criticism wasn’t enough for many students and alumni of Washington, D.C.’s historically black institution, who took to social media to demand her ousting as Dean of Howard’s College of Fine Arts.
“Hold her a** accountable,” one student posted online. “I’d take a non-famous dean who believes (sex assault) victims over a celebrity dean who does s**t like this.”
“You need to step down now!” vented another, as a third tweeted, “#ByePhylicia You’re done.”
And a graduate of the private college wrote, “I think it’s good that Phylicia Rashad spoke up and showed us she’s not qualified to be the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. It’s really on Howard to do the right thing and rectify the situation.”
Howard University bosses have yet to indicate whether they plan to take any further action against the actress, who played Cosby’s TV wife from 1984 to 1992.
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