‘Fat Albert’ writer: Bill Cosby paid others to write his doctoral thesis
Bill Cosby is an alleged rapist. Everybody knows that. He’s also a phony when it comes to his accomplishments in higher education–from using fame and fortune as a means to virtually buy his own degrees, to having his underlings do his own work.
In November, the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss wrote all about Cosby’s phoniness. She even managed to pull a quote from Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, who maintains in his 2006 study “Is Bill Cosby Right?” that the comedian’s social critiques of the black middle class comes from a major personal hypocrisy.
“[Cosby] dropped out of high school after he flunked the tenth grade three times,” Dyson wrote. “He enlisted in the Navy, where he got his GED, and then enrolled at Temple University, where he dropped out to pursue a show business career.
“His unfinished bachelor’s degree from Temple was eventually bestowed on him because of ‘life experience,'” Dyson continued. “Cosby enrolled as a part-time doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which awarded him the Ed.D. degree in 1977 for a dissertation on ‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.'”
A fucking impostor if you’ve ever heard of one, am I right? On Wednesday night, “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon took to Twitter and tacked on another infuriating item about the walking contradiction.
I worked with bill Cosby on fat Albert. he had two of the writers write his phd thesis.
— Sam Simon (@simonsam) December 18, 2014
What, you don’t believe him? Here’s Simon’s impression of Cosby asking writers to pen his 142-page thesis, titled “An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.”
But, not unlike how he doesn’t bat an eye at his criminal allegations, Cosby doesn’t give two shits about his fake education. If anything, he loves wearing the bullshit crown in the most asshole-ish manner possible! As Deadspin pointed out, during a 1989 visit to Notre Dame, Cosby used his academic stripes as justification to berate an All-American football player for making less than a 4.0 GPA.
His verbal abuse made the kid break down into tears.
As cruel and troubling as this incident is, it’s just another in the series of hypocrisies that have come to define what is now a rightfully disgraced icon.