We’re having a hard time imagining Bill Cosby dropping the F-bomb at all, let alone directing it at someone like Russell Simmons. Come on, it’s Russell Simmons, peaceful yogi billionaire who would never hurt a fly, right? But apparently Cosby and Simmons have been feuding ever since 2009, when Cosby began a campaign called “State of Emergency,” which sought to promote more socially conscious lyrics in rap music. Cosby is holding a grudge against Simmons, who criticized the campaign. Simmons wrote at the time, “Bill Cosby is an example of someone from the older generation who has consistently blamed the poets and asked suffering community members to bare the full burden of guilt for the struggles that they endure. …This is a call-out to all the adults who are judging more and listening less to the beautiful, progressive voices that come from our young people…Bill Cosby just happens be on the front line.”
Seems that criticism stuck with Cosby because at the recent Jackie Robinson Annual Awards Gala dinner, Simmons approached Cosby to address their disagreement and things didn’t go as planned. Simmons wrote on his blog “I wanted to find him to apologize, to tell him I was sorry about my statements and to tell him that I loved him. Suddenly I turned and he was behind the curtain and I said ‘I love you’ and he responded on some real hip-hop, ‘Get the f— out my face!’” When asked about the incident, Cosby replied via his reps, “I don’t want to discuss it.” Simmons writes about his love for Cosby in this most recent post, and his headline is “Bill Cosby Punk’d Me When He Said: “Get The F— Out My Face,” but we can’t seem to find the punking element to the story, is their beef for real or not? This whole thing is just so out of character for Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.
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