Howard University students and alumni call for ‘Cosby Show’ actress Phylicia rashad‘s graduated from school, where she is its dean of the College of Fine Arts.
The actress was quickly criticized after backing down in an earlier statement celebrating the shocking news that her longtime husband was on television Bill CosbyThe sexual assault conviction of was overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court.
Earlier Wednesday, the 73-year-old praised the decision, saying: “FINALLY !!!! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
Rashad accompanied the post with a photo of his former co-star, 83.
Howard University students weren’t only angry with Rashad’s stance, they now claim her latest statement in support of sexual assault survivors was just a publicity stunt and demand that she be fired .
HOWARD UNIVERSITY RESPONDS TO PHYLICIA RASHAD’S SUPPORT FOR BILL COSBY
Nylah Burton is a former student who has been vocal on her Twitter account since Rashad’s statement. She tweeted this week: “So proud to be from Howard University! Look at our models! Defending serial rapists is heartwarming, it really does,” according to the UK’s DailyMail.
After Rashad tweeted that she “fully” supported survivors of sexual assault, Burton continued: “Say it @HowardU or your PR manager told you to tweet this and go. The ONLY intention of your post was to be oblivious to the truths of the survivors. “
According to reports, a woman named Whitney Meritus, who is a member of the Howard Class of 2024, wrote on Instagram: “‘Hold her accountable. I would take a non-famous dean who believes AS victims rather than a celebrity . dean who does stuff like that … don’t get me wrong, I know she was his teacher and everything, but I don’t think she deserves to run the Chadwick A. Boseman School of Fine Arts. “
A student claimed Rashad “triggered” her this week after telling her own story of being the victim of an assault on campus.
“There’s a story there. A story of not listening to abuse victims on their campus, a story of treating students like kids. I love Howard but things like that have to stop for her to be there. best possible. Phylicia Rashad triggered tf outta me, “the tweet read.
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At one point on Twitter, the hashtag #ByePhylicia was all the rage.
Meanwhile, students and alumni shared a GoFundMe page that was launched on June 3, prior to the Rashad scandal, intended to raise donations for “current and former Howard students who are survivors, of all the sexes, and who have all experienced sexual violence at all levels. “
Burton raised public awareness of the fund on Wednesday, writing: “So since the dean of @HowardU The University of Fine Arts wants to tell all of its students that sexual assault is not about her, you can all donate to help Howard’s survivors of sexual violence. “
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“Phylicia Rashad is expected to step down as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. Having a r * pe apologist as a college dean will put student safety at stake and demonize survivors when they do. will report their cases on campus, ”said another. , who did not publicly disclose whether they had any ties to the school, wrote.
Howard University has also published a declaration regarding actress Rashad’s support for Cosby’s release on Wednesday on Twitter.
“Sexual assault survivors will always be our first priority,” the university said in the statement. “While Dean Rashad acknowledged in his follow-up tweet that victims must be heard and believed, his initial tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.”
“The personal positions of university leaders do not reflect the policies of Howard University,” the statement continued. “We will continue to fully stand up for survivors and support their right to be heard. Howard will stand with survivors and challenge systems that deny them justice. We are fully confident that our teachers and school leaders will be up to date. height of this sacred commitment. “