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Trailer: ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ Unpacks the Fall of an American Icon

Writer/director W. Kamau Bell has lined up a long list of comedians, journalists and assault survivors for once of the thorniest, most fraught conversations in the pop culture landscape. The fall of Bill Cosby from American television’s moral backbone to alleged sexual predator was devastating, confusing and infuriating all at once. Devastating, because it was clear survivors had spent years trying to get someone, anyone to pay attention to them. Confusing, because of the disconnect between who we thought Cosby was and who he actually was. And infuriating because the more you look at the story, the clearer it becomes that it was all an open secret.

The four-part series will examine both Cosby’s enormous amount of influence on American culture at large and Black American culture in particular, and how the #MeToo moment reframed our understanding of Cosby and provided abuse survivors with a new opportunity to tell their stories. The series will debut on Showtime next week.

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