Bill Cosby Responds to 'Dirty Laundry' Criticism in Time Magazine in Statement Released by the Brokaw Company

Jun 07, 2004, 01:00 ET from The Brokaw Company

    LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- An article by Christopher Farley in
 the June 3rd issue of Time Magazine article criticized Bill Cosby for breaking
 "the unwritten rule of keeping black dirty laundry in black washing machines."
     In response, Mr. Cosby replied, "Mr. Farley made it sound as if I had
 divulged some secret about which no one knew.  But where is the secret?  The
 secret walks and it talks.  From the hallways of the school to the street to
 the corner store and onto to public transportation, the dirty laundry is out
 there."
     "Walk with the dirty laundry one day.  Walk through high school hallways
 and listen to the dirty laundry talk.  MF! F! N!  And, of course, that famous
 university, FU!  All these words are spoken with the same ease as 'pass the
 salt.'"
     "Walk with the dirty laundry outside the high school and onto the
 sidewalk.  Don't walk fast.  In fact, just stand across the street and listen
 to the language.  Get your pad and pencil and jot down what you hear.  Count
 the number of times various expressions of profanity are used.  When you get
 tired of keeping track, just stop and make up a number.  Oh, yes.  And notice
 the attitude, the violence, the grabbing of young ladies.  Can you hear them
 calling each other names or does the Boom Box drown out their voices?  If you
 can't hear them, use your eyes.  What is the relationship between male and
 female, male and male, female and female?  Is there anger there?  Do you see
 it?"
     "Walk with the dirty laundry to the corner store where it picks up a soft
 drink and a bag of chips.  What is the dirty laundry saying in the store?  Is
 it cursing?  Is it pushing people?"
     "Ride with the dirty laundry on public transportation.  Pay no attention
 to the people sharing a bus or subway with the dirty laundry.  Obviously these
 people haven't heard a thing.  Nor have they seen anything.  Nor have they
 wondered why.  These frightened people don't exist.  The secret is safe with
 them."
     In closing, Mr. Cosby urges Mr. Farley and other like minded commentators
 to do the following:  "When you go looking for the dirty laundry, I would
 appreciate it if you would direct your attention to a school where there is,
 for sure, a fifty per cent dropout rate among black males.  And don't forget
 the guards, the ones that have to check for the guns and the knives.  Shhhh.
 This will be our personal little black secret."
     The Time article also falsely attributed a quote to Mr. Cosby that had
 been made last year by Charles Barkley at the convention of an African
 American journalist association.  On the "American Morning"
 program on May 26, CNN had originally reported that Mr. Cosby was the source
 of the quote: "Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting
 us."  Later in the same broadcast, the CNN anchor corrected the network's
 mistake, only to have it rebroadcast incorrectly as Mr. Cosby's statement in
 "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" show on CNN that same evening.  This same error
 was repeated in the Time article.  CNN and Time Magazine are part of the Time-
 Warner Company.
 
 

SOURCE The Brokaw Company
    LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- An article by Christopher Farley in
 the June 3rd issue of Time Magazine article criticized Bill Cosby for breaking
 "the unwritten rule of keeping black dirty laundry in black washing machines."
     In response, Mr. Cosby replied, "Mr. Farley made it sound as if I had
 divulged some secret about which no one knew.  But where is the secret?  The
 secret walks and it talks.  From the hallways of the school to the street to
 the corner store and onto to public transportation, the dirty laundry is out
 there."
     "Walk with the dirty laundry one day.  Walk through high school hallways
 and listen to the dirty laundry talk.  MF! F! N!  And, of course, that famous
 university, FU!  All these words are spoken with the same ease as 'pass the
 salt.'"
     "Walk with the dirty laundry outside the high school and onto the
 sidewalk.  Don't walk fast.  In fact, just stand across the street and listen
 to the language.  Get your pad and pencil and jot down what you hear.  Count
 the number of times various expressions of profanity are used.  When you get
 tired of keeping track, just stop and make up a number.  Oh, yes.  And notice
 the attitude, the violence, the grabbing of young ladies.  Can you hear them
 calling each other names or does the Boom Box drown out their voices?  If you
 can't hear them, use your eyes.  What is the relationship between male and
 female, male and male, female and female?  Is there anger there?  Do you see
 it?"
     "Walk with the dirty laundry to the corner store where it picks up a soft
 drink and a bag of chips.  What is the dirty laundry saying in the store?  Is
 it cursing?  Is it pushing people?"
     "Ride with the dirty laundry on public transportation.  Pay no attention
 to the people sharing a bus or subway with the dirty laundry.  Obviously these
 people haven't heard a thing.  Nor have they seen anything.  Nor have they
 wondered why.  These frightened people don't exist.  The secret is safe with
 them."
     In closing, Mr. Cosby urges Mr. Farley and other like minded commentators
 to do the following:  "When you go looking for the dirty laundry, I would
 appreciate it if you would direct your attention to a school where there is,
 for sure, a fifty per cent dropout rate among black males.  And don't forget
 the guards, the ones that have to check for the guns and the knives.  Shhhh.
 This will be our personal little black secret."
     The Time article also falsely attributed a quote to Mr. Cosby that had
 been made last year by Charles Barkley at the convention of an African
 American journalist association.  On the "American Morning"
 program on May 26, CNN had originally reported that Mr. Cosby was the source
 of the quote: "Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting
 us."  Later in the same broadcast, the CNN anchor corrected the network's
 mistake, only to have it rebroadcast incorrectly as Mr. Cosby's statement in
 "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" show on CNN that same evening.  This same error
 was repeated in the Time article.  CNN and Time Magazine are part of the Time-
 Warner Company.
 
 SOURCE  The Brokaw Company