“Painted Down,” a documentary which explores Hollywood’s dirty little secret of white stuntmen applying blackface to double for black actors, has now decided to remove Bill Cosby from it’s film.
The Black Stuntmen’s Association has also removed a lengthy tribute to Cosby from its website. He originally received the tribute for being the first actor to demand that his stunt double be an actual black man.
“Cosby is no longer attached to the project,” said the film’s producer, Nonie Robinson, according to Deadline.com. “We were the last project standing behind him, but now with Whoopi (Goldberg) and CAA pulling the plug, we must also disassociate and cut all ties with Cosby. It’s the right thing to do in light of the recent court deposition being made public.”
In his interview for the documentary, Cosby described his irritation as he watched dark black makeup being applied to a white stuntman so that he could double for Cosby on the 1960s TV series “I Spy.”
“The day of the shooting, I showed up for that scene to see it,” he said in the interview. “I had no knowledge that there are no black stuntmen. I went over, and there was this white stuntman. … I looked at him and the lady is putting black – not a deep brown — she’s putting black around this guy, eyes and everything. So I’m … staring at this, and then they pulled his sleeve up and they put the black stuff all over his hands and all, and that too looked kind of funny. It was just black. Black, black, black — black on the neck. Then, they pulled out this wig. Looks like they scalped a sheep and dyed it.”
Cosby objected, and the next day a black stuntman was hired to double for him. It was the first time a star ever had spoken out against the practice, and it helped launch the Black Stuntmen’s Association and the careers of many black stuntmen and women.
I’ve said this before it doesn’t matter what this man has been accused of, it still doesn’t take away from a lifetime legacy that he has created. It’s not like he was accused of being a child molester. I mean to me, and I know this may sounds harsh as hell, these women that were so called raped kind of put themselves in the environment in which to be raped or taken advantage of. I mean they were probably drinkin and druggin anyway. Hell that’s what the stars do. They were there to get knocked off by the famous Bill Cosby and whoever else in his entourage that wanted to hit it and now 20 years later they want to come back and say something about it. SMH! They probably bragged to their home girls about it at that time. But now it’s a problem…now they were violated. They’re full of it! And I’m tired of everyone trying to tear this American icon down. He’s old y’all, instead of celebrating his accomplishments society is steady stripping him of everything! He’s the one that’s being raped. I know that he did his wrong but damn when is enough humiliation enough!