Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has once again really stepped in it with his size 16 shoes, and he’s getting plenty of blowback for dunking on celebrities for straying from left-wing talking points. They deserve cancellation, the former NBA star wrote in the Hollywood Reporter on December 17.
Slumbering celebrities, especially conservatives, need to get woke, and they must be pilloried and censored, Abdul-Jabbar demands. In fact, they deserve legacy-killing backlashes for spreading ignorance.
Take former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for instance. He “blathered on in a cringeworthy news conference about unproven conspiracies while black streaks streamed from his hair,” writes Abdul-Jabbar (seen in above photo), who spent his entire career sweating on television.
All the “public braying does immediate harm to the foundation of society,” group thinker Abdul-Jabbar drones on:
“Giuliani's attacks on the integrity of the 2020 elections, without any substantive evidence, has undermined the democratic process. A post-election poll indicated that 77 percent of Republicans think Joe Biden won because of fraud. Since no credible proof has ever been shown, this opinion can only be held because they practice flat-earther, anti-vaxxer cult-think … .”
He says Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s “anti-trans tweets may not only damage the Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, they could end up tainting her entire literary legacy.”
Actors James Woods (called “a cranky geezer”) and Jon Voight also deserve cancellation for their conservative ways.
All the resisters of the Left deserve the utmost in Big Tech censorship, too, for as Abdul-Jabbar rants on, he says:
“Social media companies have begun slapping warnings on some messages that are false, incite violence or cause harm to society. But this needs to be done with more consistency and vigilance.”
What violence? Abdul-Jabbar doesn't say, but he detests the people who are irresponsibly tweeting irrational and harmful opinions to the unwashed masses, with “damaging consequences to their country or people's lives.” Thus, they are deserving of harsh backlash.
Outkick writer/commentator Jason Whitlock devoted a whole column to Abdul-Jabbar’s condemnation of people who don’t share his views. He says he’d like to ask the former NBA star about the false narrative that American law officers are waging an unchecked killing spree of black men. "Should we place warnings on those tweets and messages? Should the athletes and celebrities who promote the false narrative that the average black person should live in fear of law enforcement face harsh backlash?”
Whitlock says there is more anecdotal evidence of election fraud than there is of race-based police brutality. And if Abdul-Jabbar wants evidence of damage, there were all the heinous riots across America this year, courtesy of Black Lives Matter activists.
“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants the opinions he disagrees with silenced and the ones he agrees with amplified,” Whitlock says. “His opinion piece in The Hollywood Reporter paints him as a spoiled, delusional elitist with a false sense of social intelligence.”