The November cover of Ebony magazine depicting a shattered photo of TV’s famed “Cosby Show” cast has sparked a maelstrom on social media, with many blasting the publication for the cover’s negative connotations and others equally unsure how to react to the provocative image.
Bill Cosby, 78, has been accused of sexually violating more than 50 women over the span of four decades. Many of his accusers claim that the affable actor — widely known for his education and philanthropic endeavors — gave them drug-spiked drinks without their knowledge.
According to a 10-year-old deposition obtained last month by CNN, Cosby admitted that he got drugs to provide to women with whom he intended to have sex.
The beleaguered icon has faced a firestorm in the past year amid the allegations, with many of his former costars unwillingly getting caught in the crossfire.
Facebook users were quick to respond to the latest Ebony issue, which has not yet hit newsstands.
“Shame on you ‘Ebony,'” wrote one. “This cover is a disrespect to yourselves, your readers, and the beautiful image of the fictional Cosby family. Magazines articles are to uplift, not desecrate.”
Another commenter wrote that the cover “would have been more tasteful to place a picture like this with Cosby by himself or a juxtaposition of Cosby vs. Dr. Huxtable. The Huxtable family means a lot to Black America, fictional or not.”
But one user insisted the cover is perfect “because it forces us to address issues that take place behind the curtains of a picture-perfect family.”
Another commenter wrote that “we, as a collective people, need to be more objective, especially before jumping to emotional conclusions. It’s pretty obvious that this cover is being used to spark thought-provoking discourse. Something that is much needed and lacking our community today.”
Cosby has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. So far,no criminal charges have been filed.