On the 7 March Bill Cosby and mogul Russell Simmons both attended The Jackie Robinson Awards Gala in New York, but sometime during the evening Bill turned to Russell and told him to “get the f**k out of my face”, after Russell told the Cosby Show star he “loved him”.
In 2009 the two clashed after Russell publicly criticised Bill for his State of Emergency campaign which he created to help promote socially conscious rap music, but on the night of the gala Bill wasn’t in a forgiving mood.
Russell wrote on his blog,
I wanted to find him to apologize, to tell him I was sorry about my statements and to tell him that I loved him. Suddenly I turned and he was behind the curtain and I said “I love you” and he responded on some real hip-hop, “Get the f*ck out my face!”
Anyhow, I love Bill. His next move was straight up old school pre b-boy hood shit. He walked by me and bumped me with his shoulder as I walked off stage after presenting my award to Sean, just like the cool ass character in “Let’s Do It Again.” I then loved him even more. He’s from the same hood I’m from, just got a lucky break like me, cause I am those suffering men. And after that elbow I knew he was too.
I respect what Russell has achieved with regards to building the Def Jam empire (alongside Rick Rubin), but the man thinks that because he is extremely rich, moves in affluent circles and is hero worshipped across the world that he is an authority on everything. E.g. from blood diamonds in Africa to politics, religion, art/culture, health and lifestyle within the African-American community (the list is endless). And has some-how got it in to his head that his word is law.
I am glad Bill shut down this grovelling form of an apology and put the annoying little know it all in his place. Arrogant Russ must have thought that Bill would have graciously accepted his rather pathetic “I love you” and they would then end up in a manly embrace.
WRONG! Bill went old skool on his backside and refused to enter in to fakeness mode.
When questioned about the incident Bill replied “I don’t want to discuss it”.