Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered by many fans and sportswriters to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Not only that, he is also a film maker and a writer.
He actually enjoys writing and does so regularly for Huffington Post and writes pretty well too. His pieces have not only depth and understanding of matters he put out but a large variety of topics as well.
He has been recently under fire because of a recent piece he wrote. Apparently people have been criticizing him left, right and centre for his post in which he commented on the HBO series Girls.
He made his comeback from his three year time off from writing 2013 debut which happened to be a critique of the HBO series "Girls."
And boy did that create a ruckus!
Abdul-Jabbar lashed out at creator and star Lena Dunham for her casting of black actor Donald Glover as a love interest for Dunham's character Hannah because ‘it came across as forced’ after she faced criticism for the show's lack of diversity. He called Girls' characters "ignorant."
"A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less," Abdul-Jabbar quipped in his article. "I don't believe that people of color, sexual preference, or gender need to be shaken indiscriminately into every series like some sort of exotic seasoning.”
"If the story calls for a black character, great... But this really seemed like an effort was made to add some color - and it came across as forced."
Talking toE Online, Girls’ Dunham said, "I have to admit, I only skimmed it.”
“It seemed like a mixed review and I have a policy about not reading those," she added.
Another question people put out was why would a basketball legend write about a HBO show about chicks?
Abdul-Jabbar responded in a follow-up post: “Last week I wrote a blog for The Huffington Post in which I commented on the HBO series Girls. My conclusion: Although the show strives to be a voice of its generation (or even if it doesn't, some consider it to be -- see the current cover of Entertainment Weekly), it isn't quite there yet. But it's still a worthwhile show, with a worthwhile point of view.”
He went on to say, “Why did I review Girls? As I said in the review, we should all be intently listening to voices of the next generation, hearing what they have to say and, when they are struggling to say it, help them to articulate better. That's the advantage of growing older in this youth-centric society -- maybe the only advantage.”
Kareem Abdul Jabbar said he was amazed at how people were skeptical about a former jock writing about pop culture.
“I have a degree from UCLA. I'm an amateur historian who has written books about World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and African-American inventors. I read a lot of fiction as well as non-fiction. I watch TV and movies. I have acted in both. I have been a political activist and an advocate for children's education. How should an aging, black jock like myself know anything about pop culture? Man, I am a living part of pop culture and have been for nearly 50 years. Beyond that, I think pop culture expresses our needs, fears, hopes and whole zeitgeist better than some of the more esoteric and obscure forms of art,” he said.
Ouch! He does have a point there!
Even we were surprised by the legendary sportsman’s choice of topic but there really isn’t a drastic catastrophe in waiting just because he gave his two-cents worth about a pop chick show!