Cosby dropped from D.C. mural
A high-profile mural in Washington, D.C., has been updated to replace comedian Bill Cosby’s visage with those of Barack and Michelle Obama as well as actress and D.C. native Taraji P. Henson, athlete Muhammad Ali, comedian Dave Chappelle and several others.
Local muralist Aniekan Udofia has been seen sketching the likenesses of 16 local and historical African American icons in the U Street Corridor on the side of the decades-old Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant, which commissioned the original mural in 2012.
Cosby was removed from the original pieces in January, when Ben’s owners decided the mural needed a refresh, according to the Washington Post.
Cosby has had a long history with the famed restaurant and often attended its events. The Emmy-winning comic is accused of numerous incidents of sexual assault, and his sole criminal case ended in a mistrial last week.
The restaurant opened up voting to the public to decide on six new faces. Cosby’s likeness had been accompanied by those of the Obamas, DJ Donnie Simpson and guitarist Chuck Brown, but Cosby was the only figure not to return to the refreshed piece.
BILL COSBY’S image was removed from a high-profile D.C. mural.