Smithsonian Shifts Position on Cosby Accusations

Mar 31, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A display on Bill Cosby at a new museum being built in Washington by the Smithsonian will include a reference to allegations of sexual assault against the comedian, the AP reports.

Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24, said in a statement today that the museum would address Cosby’s alleged behavior. The statement did not specify how the issue would be handled.

The Cosby display will reportedly include the cover of a Bill Cosby comedy album along with a comic book from his 1960s TV series “I Spy.” “Initially, the museum planned to include historical facts about the items without mentioning the allegations, drawing criticism from some Cosby accusers,” the AP reports.

In today’s statement, Bunch said: “Like all of history, our interpretation of Bill Cosby is a work in progress, something that will continue to evolve as new evidence and insights come to the fore. Visitors will leave the exhibition knowing more about Mr. Cosby’s impact on American entertainment, while recognizing that his legacy has been severely damaged by the recent accusations.”

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