Fox and NBC have both posted this article about the Smithsonian African American History museum creating an exhibit about Bill Cosby’s successes and influence in the African American Community. His rape accusers are up in arms about this, as they believe the museum is deliberately ignoring the situation Cosby has recently been in.
This brings up the question: Are museums responsible for telling every grimy detail, or is it up to interpretation? I think it’s safe to say that we all have a love for Cosby, from the Cosby show or his way of making us all want a puddin’ pop. Likewise, the accusations hit many of us hard.
The problem I find here is his career and accomplishments are supposed to be celebrated in this exhibit, but the accusers want his whole life to be chalked up to a series of accusations that couldn’t be proven. The museum seems to want to highlight the good he has done for his community as a role model, but does that mean they don’t have to discuss the hard topics? Moreover, is it the responsible for the museum to include a narrative that was not only dismissed by courts, but puts Cosby in such a position that he will never be allowed any peace?