We don’t say this often … but poor Bill Cosby. The disgraced comedian got the dragging of a lifetime on Twitter Thursday after he attempted to post a sweet message about the late Aretha Franklin.
“Aretha Franklin – I want to thank her for her wonderful voice singing the theme song of “A Different World.” She made a big, strong positive impact on that series,” he said. “I am playing a cut from her CD – the title of the song is “Wholy Holy” – and she’s live in a church. Bon Voyage….. Bill Cosby In Person.”
Folks apparently thought it was inappropriate for Cosby to share his condolences, even if to thank Franklin for her work on his “The Cosby Show” spinoff “A Different World,” and proceeded to snatch what remaining edges he has left.
Aren’t you supposed to be in jail? one commenter wrote, while another jabbed: “Wifi must be good in cellblock c.”
Commentators it seems also took particular offense to Cosby (who now stands accused by some 52 women of sexual assault) paying homage to a woman like Franklin who championed women’s rights.
Nobody wants to hear your opinions about women.
— John Reeder (@jwreeder) August 17, 2018
R-a-p-e-d, find out tomorrow what he done to me (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me).
— Jason Cole (@ThatsNotGravy) August 16, 2018
Thankfully she never accepted a beverage or cold pill from you.
— Paula Russell (@PaulaRu00413216) August 16, 2018
Cosby loves a woman who can’t fight back!
— Gordon Litefoot (@MrLitefoot) August 16, 2018
The 81 year old, who has remained mostly out of the spotlight in recent months, is currently out on $1 million bond awaiting sentencing after his April conviction for charges stemming from accusations by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
Franklin died Thursday in Detroit at the age of 76 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. During her career, Franklin won 18 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Among her notable tracks was also the theme song for “A Different World,” which aired for six seasons on NBC from September 24, 1987 to July 9, 1993. Franklin sang the theme song for seasons two to five.