Bill Cosby's "Heartlessness And Immensity Of Ego"

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Billy Cosby may come off all cuddly in his patterned sweaters, but he really isn't, according to Fred Weintraub, the entrepreneur/producer whose new memoir is Bruce Lee, Woodstock, and Me.

Au contraire!

In the early days, Weintraub helped nurture Cosby's everyman persona, but Cosby resisted at first.

"Not because he believed so strongly in his edgy, civl rights-minded material, I think," writes Weintraub, "but because someone else came up with a better angle for him.

"The truth is, I have never known a more driven, ambitious performer than Cosby, and when he realized that political comedy wasn't going to get him ahead, he had no problem whatsoever abandoning his 'ideals.'"

The trick, says Weintraub, was to make Cosby feel like Weintraub's ideas were actally Cosby's ideas -- "possession being nine-tenths of the law."

A telling incident happened when Danny Kaye was coming to see talent Weintraub had lined up to perform at his club, the Bitter End.

Kaye insisted that Weintraub drop Cosby from the list because he's wasn't interested in seeing a comic. Weintraub put up a fight, but had to eventually do as Kaye said.

This is when cuddly Bill exhibited "heartlessness and immensity of ego."

"Bill was not interested in the big picture," says Weintraub.

"Bill was not gracious or philosophical.

"Bill didn't give a shit about his fellow performers.

"He was the one being slighted, and the rest could go fuck themselves for all he cared."

Cosby went on to huge stardom, of course, but he didn't contact Weintraub except for once, 30 years later.

Reveals the producer, "He reamed me out for revealing in an interview that, even when married, 'Bill Cosby liked to date white women.'

"So did I!"



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latenitebump
latenitebump

that can be said about hundreds of celebrities.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Bill Cosby created one of the great television series of all time, and put a nail in the heart of all those "Daddy is an Idiot" shows.

African-Americans have had a "tough row to hoe," if you'll pardon the expression, to get a more sophisticated image before a large cross-over audience.

What matters is what you get up on the stage or screen.

AnonTWO202020020
AnonTWO202020020

and what is the revelation here?Aren't most comics tortured souls?I respect the Cosby show for offering an alternative view of black americans than the traditional shucking, jiving, pimping and hoig characters but to be honest the Cosby show is a bit too square for my liking. I've always thought so.

Stevethell
Stevethell

This is worse than your blind items. It consists solely of conclusions of someone clearly interested in dissing Cosby. Not even any alleged quotes from Cosby - merely some clown's conclusions about what Cosby was thinking. I was totally willing to believe the headline about his Heartlessness and whatever, but the piece reads totally like a hateful smear job, with absolutely nothing to back it up.

Redondobeach
Redondobeach

Yeah, you can because of his motives involved ego in both cases, not principles.

Kale
Kale

Well, it's not fair to criticize him for holding on to his civil rights material, then criticize him for letting it go.

Windchimes
Windchimes

I'd say "Sounds like sour grapes" except everyone else seems to agree that Cosby is a creep.

Cinephile
Cinephile

Well, most are tortured souls, but some are actually nice people on the outside--i.e., in their dealings with others. Cosby, obviously, is not.

Musto
Musto

It's not just some second-hand trash. It's from a book written by Fred Weintraub, a major force in the industry. He was Cosby's manager! He started him out and booked him at his club, the legendary Bitter End. Weintraub also helped discover Bruce Lee, produced the Woodstock movie, and has many other credits to his name. Most of the stories in his book are quite positive. He's friends with Woody Allen and many others he helped nurture.

Punkeisha
Punkeisha

Everyone except his children, Spelman College (to which he gave many millions of dollars), the millions of people who've benefited from this work with the UNCF....

anonTWO
anonTWO

 that can be said about every single comic, particularly the most successful comics you can name.

Abruzzo
Abruzzo

Woody Allen the creep who started an affair with his step-daughter, that's supposed to recommend him?

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