O.J. Simpson also joined Twitter over the weekend, leading to a lot of anger and confusion.
Bill Cosby may be behind bars, but he's not off Twitter.
The actor began trending for all the worst reasons after a tweet from his official account went out on late Sunday for Father's Day, sparking major backlash.
"Hey, Hey, Hey...It's America's Dad," read the message. "I know it's late, but to all of the Dads ... It's an honor to be called a Father, so let's make today a renewed oath to fulfilling our purpose — strengthening our families and communities." He included the hashtags #HappyFathersDay, #RenewedOathToOurFamily, #RenewedOathToOurCommunity, #AmericasFavoriteDad and #FarFromFinished.
He attached a video of himself from the 1968 TV special "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed."
Cosby's spokesman told USA Today the actor specifically requested a message be posted from him on social media. "Mr. Cosby's (message) consisted of telling these men who have been incarcerated for many years, but are up for parole soon...to...take the word 'disadvantage' and remove the 'dis,' and start focusing on the advantage," read the statement. "That advantage is to be better fathers and productive citizens."
Cosby is currently serving three to ten years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, something many on Twitter were quick to bring up when they reacted to the tweet. Many others also mentioned O.J. Simpson in their outrage, as he also joined Twitter over the weekend, vowing to "challenge a lot of that B.S." about him in the media.
O.J. was accused of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1997. Though he was acquitted, he was found liable for the murders in a civil trial. He later served prison time for a robbery and kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas and was released in 2017.
Here's what Twitter has to say about both men popping up on social media:
It’s not even that they appeared out of nowhere, it’s that OJ Simpson appeared and said he has a little getting even to do and Bill Cosby came in with “it’s America’s dad,” like we’re in some kind of Twilight Zone funhouse mirror hallway— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson and Trump all tweeting on the same day.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) June 17, 2019
Computer: end simulation.
I beg you.
Bill Cosby has three and a half million followers?— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) June 17, 2019
You people should be ashamed of yourselves!
Bill Cosby is tweeting. He should be in a cell not on one.— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) June 17, 2019
Let’s all take a moment to be happy OJ Simpson joined Twitter and not Trump’s cabinet. It’s the little things these days.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 16, 2019
When you tweet at OJ Simpson and he replies: pic.twitter.com/DwaazqpW3F— Joel Rivera Schoenbach (@Joelenbach) June 15, 2019
OJ and Bill Cosby tweeted. Today was a lot.— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) June 17, 2019
*Logs on Twitter*— pia (@shalarey_) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby: “Happy Fathers Day” pic.twitter.com/Svz3suFey9
Waking up to see Bill Cosby tweeting from jail and trying to reclaim 'America's Dad' mantle pic.twitter.com/6Eaw6ZBA0h— The High Evolutionary (@TeflonGeek) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby on Twitter like ... pic.twitter.com/ejNvgntnyW— Steven R. Walker (@Steve_R_Walker) June 17, 2019
OJ Simpson: I’m here to get even— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby: Hey it’s me, America’s Dad
Donald Trump: I’d welcome election help from foreign governments
Are we due for a 4th Horseman?
Because I’m pretty sure Armageddon is nigh.
Bill Cosby and OJ making Father’s Day comebacks on Twitter? pic.twitter.com/xiTPbY08CD— Colfax (@HeyColfax) June 17, 2019
Anyone following OJ and Bill Cosby... pic.twitter.com/D4SN6pfxN5— Shea Peters (@iamsheabutta) June 17, 2019
*Devil returning home after a busy day tweeting as Bill Cosby & OJ Simpson pic.twitter.com/M5VGEcMyyB— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) June 17, 2019
OJ Simpson joined twitter— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 17, 2019
Bill Cosby: Hold my laced beer https://t.co/q4GoK7qpZ4