The latest episode of Saturday Night Live was an affair where the gloves came off. Eddie Murphy took the stage by fire and pulled no punches. One person caught in the heat was Bill Cosby, and now his publicist has conveyed that it wasn’t all fun and games in terms of Eddie’s punchlines on Cosby. The final nail in the coffin was when Eddie when he commented about Cosby being in jail. He then moved on to impersonate Cosby and asked the question, “Who’s America’s dad now?.
This so-called feud dates back to 30 years, back in the ’80s when Murphy was working on skits on SNL about Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. He had just branched out oh his own and released his 1987 Special, ‘Eddie Murphy Raw.’ At the time, as an upcoming comedian, Cosby was Murphy’s hero. So when he got a call from Cosby about how much he didn’t like his Special, he was devastated. And since it’s just been a series of comments between both of them.
Before his arrest, as a successful Comedian, Cosby considered himself an essential voice on black life and family dynamics. And he used his influence to dictate what he thought was ‘appropriate’ for the younger generation to say or do, on stage. So it’s no surprise that Murphy, like many other performers of the time, were offended by such comments leading to many ice-cold relationships.
What is happening now?
After the SNL set, Cosby’s publicist took a shot at Murphy, calling him a Hollywood slave. He even went on to say that what made Mr.Cosby a success was his ability to humanize all races, religions, and genders. He also goes on to call Murphy’s comment an attempt at ‘clickbait.’
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Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, responds to Eddie Murphy’s SNL Monologue: “Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait. Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.” #NotFunnySNL #SNL #FarFromFinished #FreeBillCosby #BillCosby
Cosby’s publicist wrote, “Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy, and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart, and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby.”
But unfortunately for the Cosby Camp, not everyone shares their views. Most SNL fans appreciate Murphy’s comeback and loved the episode. The success of having Murphy back was visible in the massive rating numbers for the episode.
However, this 30 years-long cold war doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon, no matter how much things might heat up.