The network says its decision to return the classic 80s sitcom to your home and mine was one made “by popular demand.”
The network announced the decision via a tweet:
“You asked, and we heard you loud and clear, Bouncers. We’re bringing #TheCosbyShow back by popular demand! Tune in December 19th. #TVOurWay” – @bouncetv
Predictably, the Twitterverse responded in kind. Here are a few of my favorites:
“sorry would rather not imagine him drugging & raping those women between scenes. Would u air this if he’d raped your daughter?” @idkidd wrote.
“Good cause if Trump can be president we should be able to watch Cosby show. Thanks #BounceTV,” @oju1 wrote.
“Bounce TV you got be kidding me?? seriously Bill Cosby is being accused how many women on sexual abuse,” @Kellyannk308 “wrote.” (Girl could use an editor, right?)
“Great! This show had an entire cast that made it wonderful tv,” @caramelcoat8dme wrote.
Here’s Bounce TV’s full statement:
“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series next month. While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”
If the responses from black folks have been overwhelmingly positive, two of “my favorites” up top must be outliers OR white folks are tweeting to Bounce TV. #Truth
Speaking of Bounce TV, I’ll have to check with UVerse (shameless plug, I love ’em) to see if I get that channel before December 19 because YES I am in full support of this programming decision.
First of all, Cosby has not been convicted of a crime. Last time I checked, he is innocent until proven guilty. I’m not discounting the accusations made by the alleged victims, but at this point the accusations are just that: accusations. Having been accused of things I didn’t do, I’m fairly sensitive to that.
Second, I see a difference between Bill Cosby the actor and Heathcliff Huxtable the fictional sitcom character — and you should, too.
Is Chandra Wilson a spellbinding, underrated dramatic actress who’s somewhere memorizing her lines today, or is she at a hospital somewhere performing actual surgeries like we watched her perform on Grey’s Anatomy?
The Cosby Show was a landmark sitcom that literally changed the face of broadcast television. Mainstream America, and arguably the entire world, had never seen African Americans presented in the fashion in which The Huxtables presented us. I argue, even with the various Cosby clones that popped up in The Huxtable’s wake, we’ve not seen a depiction like Cosby since. It’s a legacy that should be preserved, not banished from the airwaves because of Bill Cosby’s pending criminal trial.
You do what you want. If I can find Bounce TV on my “dial,” I’ll be watching the Cosby Show for Christmas this year!
Will you by watching? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments!