Indignant Howard University students and alumni are calling for actress Phylicia Rashad to be fired as dean of her College of Fine Arts over her enthusiastic support for Bill Cosby’s release from prison.
The hashtag #ByePhylicia – a play on “Bye Felicia” – started trending this week after the actress celebrated her former “The Cosby Show” co-star’s exit with a jubilant, “FINALLY !! !! “
“A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected! The actress tweeted with a photo of Cosby, whose sexual assault conviction was overturned Wednesday on a legal technicality.
Howard University has so far not announced any planned action against its famous new dean, herself a former student, simply noting that Rashad’s “tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.”
But current and former students were part of a flood of complaints posted online, many calling on the private school in Washington, DC to sever ties with it.
“Hold her ass accountable,” Whitney Meritus, class of 2024, wrote on Instagram.
“I would take an un famous dean who believes [sex assault] victims on a famous dean who does stuff like that, ”the musician wrote.
“I don’t think she deserves to lead the Chadwick A. Boseman School of Fine Arts. Not anymore, ”she said of the school which was renamed in May to honor the late“ Black Panther ”actor who was a former student.
“I think it’s good that Phylicia Rashad has spoken out and shown us that she is not qualified to be dean of the College of Fine Arts,” he said. Andrew Addison tweeted.
“It’s really up to Howard to do the right thing and make it right.”
Journalist Nylah Burton said she was raped while at the historically black university and “would not have felt safe under [Rashad’s] advice.”
“When Rashad sits so jubilantly on the side of a man who has been accused of sexual assault by 60 women and admitted to drugging women, she sidesteps the needs and best interests of all of her students.” , Burton wrote in The Independent.
“If I had been assaulted while I was a student of Dean Rashad, I can’t say I would have ever come forward. Because I would have feared his retribution and judgment, “she wrote, saying she” would most likely have kept silent. “
“Rashad should not be an educator,” she also said insisted in a tweet.
Others were shocked at the actress’ turn to give her character kindness to television in “The Cosby Show”.
“I don’t want to live in a world where you can’t even trust Clair Huxtable,” one said. tweeter called Mister Race Bannon wrote.
Others insisted that Rashad’s follow-up tweet – in which she insisted she was “by no means meant to be callous” to survivors of sexual assault – was dismissed as “a day late and a dollar less”.
“You must withdraw now!” Someone named Debbie tweeted.
Another Twitter user insisted the actress “betrayed every woman on the planet” and “continues to dig a hole.”
“#ByePhylicia, you’re done” user wrote.