A student at University of Central Arkansas was reportedly expelled this week after dressing up as Bill Cosby in blackface for Halloween.
Sophomore Brock Denton posted an image on Instagram of himself wearing blackface, paired with the classic, printed Cosby sweater. The offensive image, which made its way around social media over the weekend, was captioned, “It was a bold night.”
The University, who tells HipHollywood exclusively that Denton is still technically a student, caught wind of the photo and instantly took disciplinary actions.
University President Tom Courtway released a statement that read, “A short time ago we were made aware of a picture on social media showing what is purported to be a UCA student wearing blackface. This picture is highly offensive and repugnant, and this representation goes against all we, at UCA believe and stand for.”
Courtney added, “This institution embraces all races, cultures, and nationalities. We strive each day to be welcoming, inclusive and diverse, and will always continue to do so. The matter will be investigated by the appropriate University offices, and we can assure the UCA family and all others that it will (be) dealt with accordingly.”
Denton later issued an apology on Instagram, writing: “I can honestly say I’ve never heard of black face before until today. Believe me or don’t but at this point all I can do is be truthful … I have been sent death threats, threats to burn my house down. I am scared for my life.”
He also added, “I am the farthest thing from discrimination (sic), as a matter of fact I fight for equality everyday, I’ve been writing a book for the past two years on what it really means to be a good person.”
Denton’s fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma was also suspended following the controversial photo.
Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting or drugging more than 50 women over the past several decades. On Tuesday morning, the former beloved comedian and television father appeared in a Pennsylvania court in connection with the sexual assault case made by former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, Andrea Constand.
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