Outraged Howard University students and alumni are calling for actress Phylicia Rashad to be fired as dean of its College of Fine Arts in the wake of her enthusiastic support of Bill Cosby’s release from prison.
The hashtag #ByePhylicia — a play on “Bye Felicia” — started trending this week after the actress celebrated her former “Cosby Show” co-star’s release with a jubilant, “FINALLY!!!!”
“A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” the actress tweeted along with a photo of Cosby, whose sex assault conviction was overturned Wednesday on a legal technicality.
Howard University has so far not announced any planned action against its incoming celebrity dean, herself a former student, merely noting that Rashad’s “tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.”
But current and former students were among a flood of complaints posted online, with many calling on the private school in Washington, DC, to cut ties with her.
“Hold her ass accountable,” Whitney Meritus, class of 2024, wrote on Instagram.
“I’d take a non-famous dean who believes [sex assault] victims over a celebrity dean who does s–t like this,” the musician wrote.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown