Bill Cosby may be in prison, but his social media accounts still posted a Father’s Day message Sunday.
“Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father,” the post reads, “so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities.”
Attached is an old video of Cosby talking about slavery and racism.
Cosby is incarcerated in Pennsylvania following his April 2018 conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. He was sentenced to three to 10 years.
Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and… https://t.co/TPEFC9iTZe— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2019
But his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told USA TODAY that Cosby requested a Father’s Day message be posted from him.
Wyatt said Cosby wanted to support a group called Man Up.
“Mr. Cosby’s (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole soon ... to ... take the word ‘disadvantage’ and remove the ‘dis,’ and start focusing on the advantage,” Wyatt said. “That advantage is to be better fathers and productive citizens.”
Lots of commenters were unimpressed, with @baywinter_40 summing things up: “OMG no,” @YourFriendCrud saying “YIKES” and @Michaelramos227 asking “Aren’t you in prison?”
OMG no— Alese (August 23 LOVER) (@baywinter_40) June 17, 2019
“You really can’t read a room, can you?” @DammitDrakey observed.
You really can't read a room, can you?— Dammit Drakey (@DammitDrakey) June 17, 2019
“45k views and only 378 likes. I think it’s safe to say America fired you, pops,” said @KayleighShae.
45k views and only 378 likes. I think it’s safe to say America fired you, pops.— Rage (@KayleighShae) June 17, 2019
“Not so much dad as the creepy uncle we all stopped inviting to Thanksgiving. You’re still not invited, Bill,” tweeted @TheSoundofSnooz.
Not so much dad as the creepy uncle we all stopped inviting to Thanksgiving. You're still not invited, Bill.— Snooz Ball (@TheSoundofSnooz) June 17, 2019
The response wasn’t all negative, though. @i_luv_me247 tweeted a GIF of Beyoncé and the message, “Thank you, Sir ..and a Happy Father’s Day to you TOO!!”
Thank you, Sir ..and a Happy Father's Day to you TOO!! *zerbert* pic.twitter.com/V1APgzvhFc— Just ME (@i_luv_me247) June 17, 2019
“Happy Father’s Day mr Cosby aka Dr Hugstable,” tweeted @BornLegendary36.
Happy Father’s Day mr Cosby aka Dr Hugstable— ▽ Sean Soulstar ▽ (@BornLegendary36) June 17, 2019
The last time there was a post to Cosby’s Twitter account was June 2, to mark the death of chef Leah Chase, known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, who died June 1 at age 96.
Read more at usatoday.com.