You’re serious? Bill Cosby went on Twitter to wish dads a happy Father’s Day? How’s that possible — he’s in prison?
That was my reaction when I heard about Cosby taking to social media to issue a Father’s Day message. Naturally, I went on Twitter, clicked on @BillCosby, to see for myself. Here’s what I saw:
“You are blocked from following @BillCosby and viewing @BillCosby’s tweets.”
Whoa. Cosby is sitting in prison, convicted last year of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, with 60 more women on record accusing him of raping them over the past 50 years … and he’s blocking me on Twitter?
Was it something I said? Clicking back, I may have called him “disgusting” and a “lowlife” in a column in 2014. He’s still holding a grudge over that? To show you how long ago that was, at the time, only 20 women had come forward to accuse him of raping them.
I borrowed someone else’s iPhone to see what Cosby posted on Twitter:
“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 fulfill our purpose – strengthening our families and communities. #AmericasFavoriteDad”
Oh, the irony
Never has anybody been so out of touch with reality and tone deaf than Bill Cosby behind bars on Father’s Day in 2019 — and his social media team. (Wait, perhaps O.J. Simpson going on Twitter last week and announcing “I got some getting even to do” is equally nuts. Simpson is free after spending nearly a decade in prison for robbery and kidnapping, or as Saturday Night Live put it, “really for murder.” Less than a week after joining Twitter, Simpson has 772,000 followers.)
Obviously, Cosby does not have access to social media in prison but asked his spokesman to post his message on Cosby’s Twitter account, which has 3.5 million followers.
“America’s Favorite Dad?” That’s crazy talk. I’m a dad, and many times I’m not even the favorite dad in my own house. I remember having a rare serious conversation about the Cosby case with my son when he was about 16 years old. I gave him advice about girls. I told him, the first step to get a girl to like you is easy … just be nice to her.
After that, I can’t help you. I got nothing.
Cosby took a different route: knocking them unconscious with Quaaludes and raping them. He still calls himself “America’s Favorite Dad?” No! That’s how you end up disgraced, scorned, and in prison.
The (many) Twitter battles
I do not block anybody on Twitter. I don’t think anybody blocks me — except Bill Cosby. In today’s social media world, blocking someone is the height of insult and indignation. I’ve had a few skirmishes on Twitter.
A few years ago, after another college fraternity initiation went horribly wrong and a student died, I noticed ESPN personality Danny Kanell defending team and fraternity initiations on Twitter. He said initiation pranks help build teamwork and camaraderie. I might have laid into him, and we went back and forth until he said something like, “You never played sports on the highest level, so you wouldn’t understand.”
I hate that dumb jock “you wouldn’t understand” argument. That’s when Inside Edition investigative reporter Lisa Guerrero jumped in and crushed Kanell. She said her husband (baseball pitcher Scott Erickson) was a professional athlete at the highest level, and he thinks initiations are stupid and dangerous, and initiations are bullying at its worst.” End of argument. I love Lisa Guerrero on Twitter. She will wear you down. But when the dust cleared, Kanell did not block me.
One time, I got into it with Tom Arnold — it was totally my fault for questioning why he was included on a TV show about comedians. (I know, cheap shot.) My mistake was copying him on my tweet. He got so angry that I double backed to my Twitter page to make sure my address wasn’t on there. I fake apologized to Arnold, and it was over. Even he didn’t block me.
I also had a testy exchange with ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt, after his late-night SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt debuted in 2015. I may have tweeted that it’s not a good idea to include the anchor’s name in a newscast’s title. The news should be the star of the news, even when it’s sports. You don’t see KRIV calling its prime time newscast Fox 26 News at 9 starring Sports Anchor Mark Berman, even though Berman is the clear ratings getter on that program.
Van Pelt tweeted back at me within minutes of the first show ending. We went back and forth before we both gave up. The thing is, I think Van Pelt is the best thing about ESPN these days. I watch his SportsCenter almost every night. He didn’t block me.
Bill Cosby, the convicted rapist, blocked me. I’m okay with that.
Share your Twitter battle stories with Ken on Twitter. (But please, don’t block him.)