Bill Cosby’s sexual assault controversy has sent ripples throughout the African-American community. The Cosby show was one of the first to showcase a successful African-American family on television. The hip-hop community has displayed mixed feelings on the case.
Yesterday, The Public Enemy founder Chuck D took to twitter to share his thoughts on the matter. In the rap mogul’s opinion, Bill Cosby’s legacy and contribution to the arts shouldn’t be erased because of the rape allegations he’s currently facing.
“No way I’m defending Cosby. But this wiping history out wit a swoop is akin to Nazi book burning. Contest is everything. Phil Spector still plays,” tweeted Chuck.
Chuck’s reference is about producer Phil Spector, who was convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2009. While Spector is currently serving 19 years to life in prison for the crime, Chuck mentions that people still listen to his music.
While Chuck D faced huge backlash on social media, the Public Enemy rep held firm behind his statement. “Say what you want, I put my name and my face to my statements folk," said Chuck on Twitter.
Chuck D isn’t the first member of the hip-hop community to defend Bill Cosby. When allegations against the comedian legend first came out, Cee-Lo and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League had stepped up to his defense.
This is such a touchy subject on so many different levels. Do you think Chuck D should’ve steered clear of this topic? Does the Phil Spector reference apply properly to this situation?