Bill Cosby — comedic provocateur, cultural paragon, Jell-O hawker, “America’s Dad” and convicted sex offender — was effectively cast out Thursday by the media industries he helped redefine in the second half of the last century.
The American Advertising Federation rescinded Cosby’s induction into its hall of fame after he was found guilty in a retrial last week of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He reportedly plans an appeal of the ruling, which the Hollywood Reporter has said could focus on whether his constitutional rights were violated and whether he got a fair trial.
The ad group has been rewarding industry notables for almost 70 years; this is the first time it has expelled a member.
Cosby appeared in commercials for major brands including Coca-Cola
beginning in the 1960s through the 1990s.
“He became the face of the American consumer,” said trade publication Adweek.
Separately, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Cosby and the celebrated director Roman Polanski (who fled the U.S. in 1977 while awaiting sentencing for a sex crime involving a 13-year-old), the board said Thursday.
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“The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” it said in a statement.
TV took a stand, too. All references to the “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and “The Cosby Show” star have been removed from the Television Academy’s website this week, including from the list of honorees in the organization’s Television Hall of Fame. The Academy told Variety magazine that a bust of Cosby that had been removed during construction will not be returned to display.
Cosby faces additional sexual-misconduct civil suits that could lead to financial ruin. Some 60 women have accused him, though not all are involved in civil or criminal cases.
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