As many of us celebrated Father’s Day, America’s Dad was in jail.
But it didn’t stop disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby, wishing us all a great day with our fathers.
“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,” a tweet from Cosby’s official account read.
“So let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose —strengthening our families and communities.”
The tweet was accompanied by a 1968 video that shows Cosby, then 31, during CBS news special: Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed.
That caption and video was also shared on Instagram with the hashtags: #HappyFathersDay, #RenewedOathToOurFamily, #RenewedOathToOurCommunity, #AmericasFavoriteDad’ and #FarFromFinished.
In the video, Cosby says: :America invented the cruelest slavery in the history of the world because it broke up black families. After slavery was over, America kept breaking up the black man’s family and that’s some awful history to teach.”
“Now this country has a psychological history,’ he says before walking over to a table full of fourth grade students working on their artwork.”
Bill Cosby was one of the most recognizable celebrities in the 80’s and 90’s. Cosby produced and starred in the television sitcom The Cosby Show.
It was rated as the number one show in America for 1985 through 1989. It earned him the nickname “America’s Dad.”
Cosby was convicted last year of three counts of sexual assault, in addition to a mountain of other accusations of sexual misconduct that never made it to court.
Cosby, now 81, is serving a three to 10-year sentence at the State Correctional Institution in Phoenix.
He was convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
He once admitted that he bought Quaaludes to give to women with the intent of having sex with them, according to court documents.
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 communities.#HappyFathersDay#RenewedOathToOurFamily pic.twitter.com/6EGrF87t6G
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2019
During an interview with Inside Edition, former inmates Don Jones and Raheem Shackleford gave an insight to how Cosby was treated in jail.
“When he first got there, the guards, they were a little star struck,” Jones said.
But according to the men Cosby has been treated exactly the same as others.
“He’s just a person convicted and he’s serving his time. Nobody bothers him. Nobody threatens him.”