What You Need To Know: Bill Cosby

‘Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad’: Social media users cringe at Bill Cosby’s Father’s Day note from prison

Bill Cosby, currently in prison in Pennsylvania for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, is making headlines this morning following an unusual Father’s Day note sent from his social media accounts.

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“Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father,” the post reads, “so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities.”

A short video clip of Cosby in classroom talking about slavery and family accompanied the post, which included hashtags like #FarFromFinished and #AmericasFavoriteDad.

A spokesperson for the 81-year-old said he requested the message to be sent out on his social accounts in support of a nonprofit called Man Up.

“Mr. Cosby's (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole soon...to...take the word ‘disadvantage’ and remove the ‘dis,’ and start focusing on the advantage. That advantage is to be better fathers and productive citizens,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt told USA Today.

But for many, the message was simply tone deaf coming from the TV dad-turned-convicted felon.

Cosby wasn’t the only controversial figure to cause an uproar online this weekend. The Juice, aka O.J. Simpson, reportedly joined Twitter Saturday, and he claims to have opinions on “just about everything.”

Simpson was convicted of armed robbery in 2008 and served nine years in a Nevada prison. He was released on parole in October 2017.

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