“Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities,” reads the post alongside an old clip of Cosby talking about black men and slavery.
The clip was taken from a CBS Black History Month special starring Cosby and features him saying: “America invented the cruelest slavery in the history of the world because it broke up black families. After slavery was over, America kept breaking up the black man’s family and that’s some awful history to teach.”
Hey, Hey, Hey...It’s America’s Dad...I know it’s late, but to all of the Dads... It’s an honor to be called a Father, so let’s make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and… https://t.co/TPEFC9iTZe— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2019
Cosby, once known as America’s Dad for his career as an entertainer, is serving a sentence of three to 10 years in prison in Pennsylvania after being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women’s basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, where Cosby was a trustee, major donor and famous alumnus.
Cosby, 81, who has been accused of sexual assault or rape by more than 50 women over the years, reportedly asked his representatives to share the Father’s Day message.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told USA Today that Cosby wanted to post the message in support a group called Man Up.
“Mr. Cosby’s (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole soon ... to ... take the word ‘disadvantage’ and remove the ‘dis,’ and start focusing on the advantage. That advantage is to be better fathers and productive citizens,” Wyatt said.
People on social media expressed utter bewilderment that Cosby wanted to post anything from prison, let alone a Father’s Day message.
Here’s what some had to say on Twitter:
Bill cosby: “i’M aMeRiCa’s dAd”— aesthetic (@skskskskskSIS) June 17, 2019
Waking up to see Bill Cosby tweeting from jail and trying to reclaim 'America's Dad' mantle pic.twitter.com/6Eaw6ZBA0h— The High Evolutionary (@TeflonGeek) June 17, 2019
woke up and found Bill Cosby trending on my tl....it’s only 6 AM and I’m already just like pic.twitter.com/Us3H6algzc— MISI MANIA (@itsmemisi) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby on Twitter like ... pic.twitter.com/ejNvgntnyW— Steven R. Walker (@Steve_R_Walker) June 17, 2019
Before clicking to see why Bill Cosby is trending pic.twitter.com/DXiB3JCIVn— AC (@LaCroixIsTrash) June 17, 2019
only a matter of time before the devil lets kevin spacey find the keys to his youtube account too https://t.co/UrL4gIRm3F— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) June 17, 2019
It’s not even that they appeared out of nowhere, it’s that OJ Simpson appeared and said he has a little getting even to do and Bill Cosby came in with “it’s America’s dad,” like we’re in some kind of Twilight Zone funhouse mirror hallway— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) June 17, 2019
*Logs on Twitter*— pia (@shalarey_) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby: “Happy Fathers Day” pic.twitter.com/Svz3suFey9
bill cosby calling himself "america's dad" might seem jarring but based on my experiences with dads and america it seems like a pretty accurate statement to me— jaime brooks (@elite_gz) June 17, 2019
Wait a minute Bill Cosby on here tweeting pic.twitter.com/c2LaqvLbcc— Cheria (ReRe) (@mzrere2u) June 17, 2019
Did Bill Cosby really get a verified account to tweet about Father’s Day from prison? Why pic.twitter.com/ZAMgldpWLV— 💀 мคⓇ𝕘𝔞Ⓡ€𝓽🍍 (@BlanketLord) June 17, 2019
Ah let’s see what’s trending— JIMI ANTWON (@JiMiAntwon) June 17, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.