Teen Artist Rodman Edwards Creates Creepy Sculpture of Bill Cosby Naked for TV Hall of Fame

The 15-year-old sculptor Rodman Edwards has created a proposal for a sculpture of Bill Cosby that presents a rather unflattering portrait of the infamous comedian, the Huffington Post reports.

Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable is a bronze statue of a naked and bloated Dr. Huxtable, the protagonist in The Cosby Show, whose genitals are covered by a miniature figure of Fat Albert, a cartoon character voiced by Cosby.

“I want people to see what Cosby is really like,” Edwards told the Huffington Post. “I gave him a creepy look because he’s a creepy guy. I was a big Fat Albert fan until I found out how he really was,” the teen artist continued, referring to the 33 women that have claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted them, starting as early as 1965. The comedian has denied the allegations.

Edwards’s ambition for his sculpture—whose proposal will be officially unveiled at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery in Florida­ on February 20—is that it can eventually replace the statues of Cosby currently on display at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in Hollywood and at Disney World in Florida.

“I just think if the allegations are true, then he should not be represented the way he is by the TV Hall of Fame. Until he apologizes, I think this is a more honest depiction of Cosby,” Edwards explained.

It’d be interesting to see what Cosby, a serious art lover and owner of a collection of over 300 artworks, makes of his new effigy. Last Autumn, Cosby lent 62 works from his collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, which were displayed as part of the exhibition “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” (see Bill Cosby Will Lend His Art Collection to the Smithsonian and Should the Smithsonian Address the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations?).

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