Phylicia Rashad Was ‘Misquoted’ Now

Pictured above: Phylicia Rashad learning there’s an Internet.

Yesterday, Phylicia Rashad’s interview with Showbiz 411 went viral thanks not only to her defense of Bill Cosby, but for the soundbite-ready dismissal of his [insert current number here] victims: “Forget these women.” Except now she’s telling ABC’s World News Tonight she was misquoted, but still wants to know who’s behind this clearly obvious conspiracy to keep Bill Cosby off television because that has to be what’s happening here. IT HAS TO BE. Via The Grio:

You were quoted online as saying forget those women,” Davis said to Rashad.
“And that was a misquote. What I said is that this is not about the women; this is about the obliteration of legacy,” Rashad responded. “I am a woman; I would never say such a thing.”
The Claire Huxtable actress refused to speak to the details of the rape allegations. However, she didn’t back down from her criticism of the media. “What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt, without proof,” she said.
During her interview with Showbiz411, Rashad alluded to a conspiracy against Cosby.
“Who would have a vested interest in attacking the legacy of Bill Cosby?” Davis asked.
That’s my question too,” Rashad replied.

After declaring her statement a misquote, Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman released a statement saying that while Phylicia Rashad did say the words, “Forget these women,” she didn’t mean it like that (As opposed to… ?) and it’s his fault for not punctuating it correctly because carrying water for these people at the drop of a hat isn’t how we ended up in this mess in the first place:

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. 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. It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone.

“Phylicia Rashad didn’t mean ‘forget these women’ as in ‘forget they exist,’ she meant forget them because their lives are insignificant compared to The Legend of Bill Cosby. It’s all a big to-do about nothing!” – Roger Friedman, helper

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