After her controversial tweet celebrating Bill Cosby’s release from prison, Phylicia Rashad decided to apologize to all Howard University students and their parents, as she was recently hired as dean there. Check out what the former Cosby Show actress said!
While the backlash still continues on social media, Phylicia Rashad sent an earlier letter to the HBCU College of Fine Arts in which she not only apologized, but also promised to participate in training to change for the better as a leader.
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Rashad also deleted the tweet that got her in trouble earlier this week that read: ‘FINALLY !! Now a terrible mistake is being corrected, a judicial error has been corrected!
His formal letter reads: ‘This week, I tweeted a statement that caused so much pain to many people, both in general and within the Howard community. I offer my sincere apologies. I’ve since deleted that annoying tweet. My comments were in no way directed at the survivors of the assault. I am vehemently opposed to sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and know that Howard University has a zero tolerance policy for interpersonal violence. Over the next several weeks, I plan to engage in active listening and participate in trainings not only to reinforce University protocol and conduct, but also to learn how I can become a stronger ally for survivors and all who have suffered through hands of abuse. .
The former actress concluded her letter by saying, ‘Thank you for voicing your concerns, speaking your truth, and holding leaders accountable for our actions and words.’
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While he realized that the victims considered his comment insensitive, Rashad has yet to reveal whether or not his opinion that Cosby is innocent has changed.
What do you think of his initial tweet and his apology? Should she keep her job or should she be fired?