Bill Cosby Is Not Welcome at the Smithsonian

Bill Cosby performs at Hard Rock Live held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on January 20, 2008 in Hollywood, Florida.
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Bill Cosby Is Not Welcome at the Smithsonian

They'll keep his art collection, though.

Published July 16, 2015

Bill Cosby's legacy is steadily being erased from American institutions. The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art is distancing itself from the fallen icon by posting a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Cosby's art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian.


Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the sign went up Wednesday, July 15, and makes clear that the museum does not condone Cosby's behavior. The institution will not remove the collection altogether because it features African-American artists largely ignored by the art world.

The news comes after Walt Disney World pulled a statue of the comedian from the theme park, and a petition to remove his star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some have even called for revoking Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, though President Obama said on Wednesday there is no precedent for that.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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