Bill Cosby Statue Removed From Disney as Smithsonian Keeps Cosby’s Art exhibit
Walt Disney World officials told the press that a bronze statue of Bill Cosby has been removed from the Hollywood Studios theme park. It was reported by the Local news outlets that the statue was removed after the park closed on Tuesday night. Disney made no other comment on the matter.
Bill Cosby’s statue was removed from the Disney’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza because Cosby had testified that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to the women he intended to have sex with. Fox News reported that Disney’s decision to remove the statue came after the court documents unsealed on Monday revealed that Bill Cosby had testified in 2005 that he had Quaaludes on him and he had procured them with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.
The Smithsonian Institution, on the other hand, is standing behind its decision to continue with a museum exhibition that relies in part on the art collection given by Cosby and his wife.The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art opened the exhibition of African and African-American artwork in November which features Bill Cosby’s collection among other exhibits. On Tuesday, the museum issued a press statement that said that it was “aware of the recent revelations about Bill Cosby’s behavior.” The museum further stated that it “in no way condones this behavior.” But the museum has decided to go along with the exhibit because it intends to showcase the artworks and artists who created the artwork and not the people who collected them. It does not concern itself with the public standing of the owners of the collection.
Cosby hasn’t commented on the matter yet. He has never been charged with a crime legally and has denied the allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault.
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