Bill Cosby Said Lena Horne Was Victim of Racism

Bill Cosby

The actor believed the late actress/singer could have played Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra should the time was right.

Bill Cosby has criticized Hollywood bosses for failing to recognize the extent of Lena Horne's acting talents when she was alive, insisting her groundbreaking career suffered as a result of racism.

Tributes poured in for Horne after the Grammy winner died at a New York hospital on May 9, aged 92 - stars and politicians alike noted her grand achievements as an entertainer and civil rights activist. Since her passing, Horne has also been hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as one of the "most cherished" entertainers in American history.

But comedian Cosby feels the tributes have come too late - because the same movie chiefs who snubbed the "Stormy Weather" singer/actress during her youth are now praising her as an icon. He explains, "Ms. Horne, as gorgeous as she is, should things have been right she should have been in Cleopatra, playing the part before Elizabeth Taylor... But the way things are with the racism, she would sing, and they would take her out. Any movie she was in was a variety show, so she didn't really get to talk or anything..."

"They offered her many things but... it was just a terrible time. Her passing is just duplicitous, because I don't know how you pay that back. They keep saying how she's a great civil rights activist but I don't know how you give somebody this gorgeous, this wonderful, this talented (those roles)... Racism... is a waste of time."




    Change Has come
    Dec 05, 2012

    No Moo Racism!

    Mar 03, 2011

    hee a big rasist and he hare white people

    The egyptien
    Mar 03, 2011

    he is a Ignorent fool, Cleopatra was greek and white, besides most egyptiens are and has always benn of the coucasian stock, as europeans and other middel easternes people.

    Fatih Manjani
    Feb 23, 2011

    He is a rscist to white people, does he know anything about Cleopatra, she was a greek, of macedonian line and not egyptian or of any sub saharan people. Know your history mr Cosby

    Common Sense
    Aug 20, 2010

    When did Bill Cosby become such a racist? Yes Ms. Horne's voice was lovely. have you ever seen her act or speak? It almost sounds like she has a speech impediment. A dry annoying voice, and awkward vocal movements and acting. THAT'S why she didn't get roles like Cleopatra.

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