Who knew Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was such an advocate of true love and romance? In a recent interview, the NBA legend spoke candidly on his thoughts of the ABC show, The Bachelor which is set to premier its 21st season tonight.
During the interview, Abdul-Jabbar called into doubt the shows role in an increasingly shallow world where you are encouraged to be what other people want you to be.
These shows promote the scorched-earth effects of raising females to be continually judged physically above all other attributes and then measured against impossible physical standards that has marginalized a majority of girls and women — and made billions for the beauty products, clothing, and cosmetic surgery industries.
Abdul-Jabbar also made note of the shows diversity problem, noting that they often keep a person of color around for the first few weeks, “as a courtesy,” before dismissing them and continuing with the show.
The Bachelor, now entering its 20th season, has never had a winner or a bachelor who was a person of color.
His response was so well stated and direct, it almost seems impossible that it was off the cuff. It seems far more likely that he has spent the last 20 seasons yelling at the television every monday night.
Of course, he raises a number of valid points. With the reality TV craze (hopefully) mostly behind us, The Bachelor is a vestige that won’t seem to go away. You can count the Abdul-Jabbar household among those who won’t be watching.