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Bill Cosby down with plan for Muslim ‘Cosby Show’

12 February 2011 General 13 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa with Megan Johnson from the Boston Herald

Legendary funnyman Bill Cosby is down with Katie Couric’s plan for combating Islamophobia in America: a Muslim “Cosby Show.”

“I like her idea,” The Cos told The Track. “I think you could very well teach and people could understand. I do feel that whenever I have gotten to meet people who are coming from different countries that may have been Muslim, I do know that they say they love ‘The Cosby Show.’ And then they ask me, ‘You know why? Because it’s about family.’ ”

Couric floated the idea on her webcast, suggesting that someone create a sitcom that follows an American Muslim family the way Cosby’s ’80s sitcom about Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable and his family chronicled upwardly mobile African-Americans.

“I know that sounds crazy,” she said, “but ‘The Cosby Show’ did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of things they don’t understand.”

Cosby concurs.

“If you hear philosophies that come out of the readings and the religions, some of these sayings are absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I remember a Muslim woman said to me . . . ‘There’s a saying: Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.’ Now that’s wonderful! And I think everybody could have a good feeling about that.”

The 73-year-old comic, who lives in the woods of bucolic western Mass., said he doesn’t see any reason why a Muslim sitcom wouldn’t do well on TV — it’s not like there’s anything on the tube that floats his boat.

“I just see jokes on sitcoms that go right to sexual parts, or some form of name calling, or make fun of somebody or something, or just get a laugh from a profane word,” he said.

Although he’s retired from weekly TV, Cosby keeps developing new projects and still hits the stage to perform live stand-up. He will do two shows at Symphony Hall on Feb. 19.

“It’s a wonderful wonderful business . . . and I know that because I laugh,” he said. “I do know that when I laugh, if I laugh hard, that is very, very dangerous because my lungs fill up with fluid and I start coughing. Also my stomach muscles burn. But there’s a general feeling, the feeling of kind of happy. Smiles also do the same thing. So it’s a good, good feeling about the job you’re doing.”

File Under: The Doctor Is In.

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  1. I would love to see this sitcom. Also, Canada has a fun series that should be aired in the U.S. “The Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

  2. The title of this article is misleading – he SUPPORTS the idea, he isn’t down on in. Confusing!

  3. Oh yeah, I think this is brilliant.!!!

    One of the ways that LGBT people have gained more acceptance in the US has to do with really cool characters that win hearts and minds.

    Coz helped do the same thing with his sitcom for black people back in the 80’s.

    This is an idea that’s time has come!

  4. Sorry, I have no use for a religion that says “Tie up your camel…” and also says “kill infidels”.

  5. Mojeoux —
    “Tie up your camel” is like saying, “Trust in God, but lock your car”…

    Your comment about having no use for Islam is rather strange, considering that some Christians think the Muslims are infidels…and that the Vietnamese were “Godless gooks,” even though there are Catholics & Christians there, too (Pope John Paul made a point of visiting a Vietnamese church)…
    It’s the so-called “Christians” who are propagating all this Islamophobia and xenophobia in this country…Instead we should be “Showing Christ” to everyone…

  6. The Bible says plenty about killing those that don’t believe like you. If you read the Qur’an you’ll see that the whole “kill the infidels” thing is taken way out of context (just as you can do with plenty of Biblical sayings). And hey, nobody ever said that you have to believe in that religion. That’s what FREEDOM OF RELIGION is all about.

  7. @Georgia Ireland

    I watch hockey games from sat-tv and have seen the ads for “The Little Mosque on the Prairie.” I’d love to see that sitcom too…

  8. Can’t wait to see the episode where little Muhammad straps on a belt of explosives and jots off to become a martyr.

  9. What a joke. I thought Bill was smarter than that.

  10. You will like this show or we will cut your head off. The ratings should be good.

  11. What a great idea! The Canadian series should be aired here also. Please see the new movie “Mooz-lum” which was released in 10 cities this past Friday. Partial list includes: NY, LA, SF, ATL, DC, Detroit. Go to http://www.Moozlumthemovie.com or ummahstream.com for more details.

  12. The only difference is, being black has NOTHING to do with your abilities, what you believe, and what you do.

    Islam is NOT a race. It is an ideology with an inspired book outlining what Muslims SHOULD believe!

    If this would happen, if we are to make a sitcom about Muslims to get people to ‘like’ them, then this show would have to stay clear of Islam completely! You might as well just make it a show about Arabs (who are NOT the majority of Muslims anyway).

  13. […] bemerkt hat Herr Cosby kurz davor mit der Idee einer “muslimischen Cosby-Show” geliebäugelt, aus der möglicherweise nichts geworden […]

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