The official trailer for W. Kamau Bell’s docuseries We Need To Talk About Cosby addresses the not so invisible elephant in the room that continues to shake the entertainment industry.
The four-part docuseries will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, ahead of its debut on Showtime on January 30, We Need To Talk About Cosby offers an in-depth look at the revolutionary career and infamous descent of Bill Cosby. Bell, who won an Emmy for his documentary United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, explores his own love for the disgraced actor while also speaking to other comedians, journalists, and Cosby survivors.
For the majority of his career, Bill Cosby cemented himself in the collective consciousness as “America’s Dad.” Known as a seasoned comedian, actor, and philanthropist, Cosby was a black national treasure; someone who transcended the constraints of racist thoughts while still honoring his community.
Now, a convicted sexual predator, Cosby’s reputation continues to unravel as more details of his past and present are revealed. We Need To Talk About Cosby offers viewers the chance to reconsider Cosby’s mark in a society where rape culture, toxic masculinity, capitalism, and white supremacy are shaping how we re-evaluate sex, power, and agency.
Expanding on the often asked question, “is it possible to separate the art from the artist?” Bell uses archival footage and powerful interviews to reveal who Cosby may have been all along – the antithesis of the principled, public figure who became a hero, not only to African American people but to all people.
We Need To Talk About Cosby is a Boardwalk Pictures Production in association with WKB Industries for Showtime, directed by W. Kamau Bell. The series is executive produced by Bell, Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn, and Sarina Roma. King also serves as showrunner and Geraldine Porras serves as a co-executive producer.