Ebony’s November 2015 cover stirred up some controversy as it featured a smashed glass-covered vintage photo of Bill Cosby and the rest of the cast of the hit ’80s family comedy series, The Cosby Show.
Ebony spokesperson defended their decision in the statement below:
“This is our annual Family Issue and we decided, after much deliberation, to go with a focus on what we felt was an urgent and provocative conversation happening within the Black community,” Ebony said in a statement to E! News. “It wasn’t just about making a statement; the cover is also asking questions.”
“Can we separate the man with 50 or more allegations of sexual assault and related crimes against him from the fictional, heroic father?” the statement said. “Should we? I think it is fair to say that no matter what someone feels about our cover, Ebony is not the reason there is a shattered family image we are dealing with. This is a moment of reflection, for many Black people, a painful one for different reasons.”