Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable character is sparking a furious online debate over whether he should be named one of the top 10 TV dads — this after all of his legal woes involving sexual assault.
Cosby played the role of Cliff — the beloved doctor — in the popular ’80s sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” and, as a result, became an instant icon to all families.
But all that came to a crashing halt in the 2010s when he was accused of drugging and raping multiple women. In one case, Cosby was prosecuted and convicted of aggravated indecent assault, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. But Cosby’s conviction was later overturned and he was released after nearly 3 years behind bars.
Twitter users have compiled a list of the 10 best TV dads — starting with Danny Tanner (Full House), then Dan Conner (Roseanne), Tim Taylor (Home Improvement), Philip Banks (Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), Carl Winslow (Family Matters), Phil Dunphy (Modern Family), George Lopez (The George Lopez Show), Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show), Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch) and Al Bundy (Married… with Children).
People are asking whether Huxtable should even be on the list for obvious reasons — but it seems many on Twitter are arguing on his behalf, although they still have mixed feelings.
One person wrote, “So Cliff Huxtable is trending because he wasn’t included in a list of top 10 TV dads. Who can’t forget about a rapist who played an OBGYN that conducted vaginal exams in his basement?”
Another person said, “Cliff Huxtable was one of the greatest TV dads of all time. Bill Cosby is a sexual deviant who got away with rape because of a technicality. We can say one without compromising the other.”
A third individual pointed out … “Separating Cosby from Cliff Huxtable is a tough ask, but the character was undeniably a great one — and an important one. He belongs on the list.”