"I'm 76 (or 83) and I'm Tired" by Bill Cosby

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Allegedly written by a "tired" Bill Cosby — a Bill Cosby who was neither 76 nor 83 when the text first began circulating — this viral rant blames all the world's problems on lazy poor people, Muslims, drug addicts, global warming activists, and young people who wear tattoos. Does that sound like something Bill Cosby would actually say?

Description: Forwarded email / Viral text
Circulating since: Sep.

2011 (this version)
Status: Falsely attributed to Bill Cosby (see details below)

Email text contributed by Barbara S., Sep. 19, 2011:

"I'm 76 and I'm Tired" by Bill Cosby

I'm 76. Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honour"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to. I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20's bedeck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 76.. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and her children. Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

Analysis: One version of this message says Bill Cosby is 76; another says he's 83. In September 2011 when people first started attributing the text to him, Cosby was only 74 years old (born on July 12, 1937). Obviously, Bill Cosby knows how old he is. Obviously, he did not write this essay (see Cosby's statement on the matter below).

The sole and actual author (excluding the anonymous perpetrators who have created revised versions of the text over time) was former Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall, who published the original document on his personal blog on Feb. 19, 2009.

Prior to being falsely attributed to Bill Cosby, a variant of Hall's post was incorrectly credited to actor Robert David Hall of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Here is Bill Cosby's personal statement:

If you got the BOGUS email, it’s time to hit DELETE!

There’s an email floating around — entitled "I’m 76 and tired" — purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. We are coming up to an important anniversary on Sunday, which is a day when we should all come together. Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.

[Source: BillCosby.com]

More viral op-eds:
• Jay Leno Hits the Nail on the Head
• "I Am a Bad American" (attr. to various celebrities)
• Andy Rooney vs. Political Correctness
'The President Without a Country' by Pat Boone
Lou Pritchett's Letter to Obama
Letter to Obama (attr. to a Fourth-Grade Teacher)
"We Noticed" (attr. to Sherry Hackett)

Last updated 10/21/14