Was the comment that landed longtime Mount Vernon resident Phylicia Rashad in a Cosby-centered controversy this week misquoted by Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman?
“Forget these women,” Rashad reportedly said, when asked by Freidman about rape allegations against her former TV husband Bill Cosby. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy.”
The statement “forget these women” was singled out on social media, but Rashad says she was not being dismissive of Cosby’s accusers.
“That is a misquote. That is not what I said,” she clarified in an interview that aired on ABC’s ‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ Wednesday. “What I said is, ‘this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy…I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
Friedman also said the remark was taken the wrong way.
“Let me clear something. I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated,” he wrote Wednesday. “There was NEVER the meaning in ‘Forget those women’ that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss then. She meant, ‘those women aside’ – as in, she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed.”