*Bill Cosby’s infamous call for black people to act right and pull their pants is apparently catching up with him.
The Associated Press reports that the TV veteran’s plight over decades-old sexual assault and drugging allegations has resulted in division among people in the black community.
“He’s asking people to pull up their pants and act right,” said Fredrick Harris, director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. “People are questioning, ‘Why were you unzipping yours and pulling yours down?'”
Despite support from Cosby’s family and friends, Cosby’s allies are few. The AP notes that opposition stems from criticism the entertainer received for scolding African-Americans on things ranging from speech and attire to single-parent households and dropout rates as high as 50 percent in some cities. Although some agreed with Cosby, others got on him for how he got his point across when talking about poorer blacks.
Cosby’s tough love apparently resulted in young blacks not defending him, according to Tamara Winfrey Harris, author of an upcoming book on black women and marriage, who noted how they don’t have the same connection to him that older blacks have.
“There are generations of young black kids, who didn’t grow up with the Huxtables as the picture of the perfect black family,” she told the AP. “They don’t see him as being on their side, so they’re not on his,” she said.
For more on the black community’s lack of support for Cosby, click to MSN News.