WASHINGTON – The thing about honorary titles is that they’re just that – honorary.
They come with no salary, no responsibilities, just clap on the back and maybe a plaque. So even when the honoree turns out to be less than worthy, usually no demotion is in order.
But the U.S. Navy is taking the honorary title it bestowed upon Bill Cosby in 2011 very seriously – seriously enough to revoke it.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens announced Thursday that they are revoking Cosby’s title of honorary Chief Petty Office after multiple accusations of sexual abuse by the comedian made news.
In a press release, officials explained that “the Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.”
Cosby served for four years in the Navy as a young man, never making it past hospital corpsman third-class.