Bill Cosby once was dubbed America’s favorite dad. However the 78-year-old comedian is far removed from his former glory days, due to the ongoing sexual assault scandal that has followed him in recent years.
The new National Museum of African-American History and Culture seeks to relieve some of Cosby's glory days by way of an exhibition.
The exhibit “Taking the Stage” will feature a few of Cosby’s television moments and achievements. As a whole, the museum will feature over 3,000 artifacts spanning 11 exhibits.
Without question the museum's choice to include Mr. Cosby amid his recent controversies has become a controversy itself.
The exhibit makes no mention of the fact that Cosby is currently under investigation for drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women over three decades.
Several of the comic’s alleged victims have come out and expressed their disdain for the museum’s decision to not only include Cosby, but also for its choice to omit from the exhibit the sexual assaults in which he has been accused.
Beth Ferrier, one of the women who accused Cosby of sexual assault, said she wanted a label mentioning the rape allegations placed next to Cosby’s name. “A label is the only way I would agree to it. We've been labeled.”
Lonnie G. Bunch, the museum director in charge of the exhibit, told the New York Times. “Curators at the museum said that they felt his achievements should stand alone... he understands that, given the subject matter, not everyone will be happy with all of the curatorial decision-making.”
The museum is scheduled to open in September of this year.
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