- Bill Cosby's spokesman made awful racial comments when speaking about Eddie Murphy
- Murphy made jokes about Cosby during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, which led to the unfolding drama
- CNN has tried to get in contact with Murphy's team but has yet to receive a response
Bill Cosby still has people having his back. During Eddie Murphy’s opening speech on Saturday Night Live, he used Bill Cosby as his joke line. A spokesman for Bill took offence to this and came back firing on all cylinders.
During his address, Murphy compared his current life to that of Cosby’s. As we all know Cosby is serving time in prison for the horrendous acts he was found guilty of. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in which he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in his own home in 2004. A Pennsylvania appeals court upheld the conviction earlier this month.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Murphy jokingly said that if someone had told him 30 years ago that he would be a boring stay-at-home dad and that Bill Cosby would be serving time in jail, he would have had no problem betting on that. With this, the crowd burst into laughter.
Impersonating the character of Cliff Huxtable, which was the character Bill played, Murphy said who’s America’s dad now.
Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman, made statements in which he disapproved of the jokes Murphy had made. He reminded Murphy that it was Cosby that broke colour barriers within the entertainment industry, which allowed people like Murphy and so many others the ability to perform.
The statement went on to say that Murphy’s jokes were disparaging. It all said that people would think that Mr Murphy was literally given the freedom to leave the plantation, which enabled him to make his own decisions, but instead of taking advantage of this he took the decision to sell himself back, being a Hollywood Slave.
Wyatt then attacked Murphy by accusing him of what was interpreted to be of a harsh racial nature. He used words like "cooning" and the went on to compare him to racial comedian, Stepin Fetchit.
CNN tried to get comment from Murphy’s team but they have yet to respond.
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