This isn’t good…
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is coming under attack this week after it revealed its plan to exhibit several objects related to controversial comedian Bill Cosby when it opens in September.
The museum, which will feature 11 different exhibits and nearly 3,000 total items and artifacts, was quick to point out that only two of the items were related to Cosby — but that hasn’t stemmed the tide of controversy!
The comedian, who has repeatedly been accused of sexual assault by now dozens of women over an alleged decades-long spree, is represented as part of the Taking The Stage exhibition, which features African-American comedians, actors, entertainers, and stars.
But because Cosby is even slightly there, controversy followed.
The museum was forced to release a statement about it (in part, below):
“There is not a Bill Cosby exhibition … The museum explores a diverse and complex history that reflects how all Americans are shaped by the African American experience.”
Here’s the museum’s full statement (below) via Twitter:
That being said, not everybody sees it in quite the same way.
Particia Leary Steuer, one of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, noted that just exhibiting the comedian’s contributions to TV and entertainment would leave out a big, important, and ultimately shameful part of his legacy:
“If they just speak about the contributions, there will be this enormous presence that is not talked about.”
What do U think about this — should the museum display history including Cosby, no matter how complex?! Should they acknowledge the allegations if they are going to display his contributions??
Or should they not even put him on as part of the exhibit at all..?
Let us know in the comments (below)!
[Image via Guillermo Proano/WENN.]