Dan Powell forwarded an email to me and 37 others quoting a passage written by Bill Cosby that begins “I am 83 and tired . . . ,” and then goes on to list the standard string of right-wing, conservative items he is tired of, such as the government taking his money that he earned and giving it to people who are too lazy to earn it themselves. Supposedly, Cosby is also tired of tattoos, body piercings, and having Global Warming theories forced on him, plus many others—all of the common conservative complaints. At the end of the email, we are told, “If you don’t forward this you are part of the problem.”
I was immediately suspicious because it did not sound like Bill Cosby who is not that bitter, even as he ages. And, I always thought he was slightly younger than most of us. A quick Google check showed he was born in 1937 and still far from age 83.
Thus encouraged, I went on to Snopes.com, a well-known website that investigates urban myths and legends, and, sure enough, this is a bunch of hooey that really does irritate Cosby. It has been circulating for several years and is actually a quote from the blog of right-wing Robert A. Hall, a former Massachusetts state senator, posted in 2009, and even that was cribbed from an earlier piece by another conservative.
Bill Cosby says of an earlier version of this email, “There’s an email floating around—entitled “I’m 76 and tired”—purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. . . . Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.”
That sounds more like the Bill Cosby I know. He wrote that a while ago and must be even more irritated now that they claim he is 83. Some conservative ideas make sense to me, but they do not need disingenuous attribution to make them palatable.