Conservative celebrities would be censored if former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had his way.
“No matter their previous achievements, celebrities deserve legacy-killing backlash when they spread ignorance,” he wrote in an op-ed piece in “The Hollywood Reporter.” “Great success in one field can lead to the delusion that all your thoughts are great.
“Few are more beloved than J.K. Rowling, whose Harry Potter books make up the best-selling series in history. Yet her anti-trans tweets may not only damage the Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, they could end up tainting her entire literary legacy. Even the stars of the movies — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne — have spoken out against her position. John Cleese’s tone-deaf defense of Rowling left many fans bitterly disappointed, tarnishing his reputation.”
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) December 18, 2020
With his outspoken demands, Abdul-Jabbar contends that being outspoken harms the foundation of society.
“It would be tempting to dismiss this self-mutilation as merely the triggering of overly sensitive ‘cancel culture,’” he wrote. “But some of this public braying does immediate harm to the foundation of society. 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: Someone in authority told me what I want to hear, so it must be true.”
It’s not the first time Abdul-Jabbar has publicly attacked people he disagrees with. In March 2019, Hollywood was threatening to boycott the state of Georgia for passing a pro-life law. Abdul-Jabbar was one of several celebrities who supported such a boycott of the Peach State.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice