Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Next Slam: HBO’s ‘Girls’

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Apparently, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not a fan of HBO’s “Girls.”

The NBA legend wrote a column for The Huffington Post that took down Lena Dunham’s award-winning show with comments addressing criticism of the racial makeup of the cast, analyzing the “checklist” of sexual references, explaining why the show isn’t funny and noting that the male characters were “more interesting” than the females.

“Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind,” he wrote. “This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship.”

He goes on to point out that the introduction of the character seemed “forced.”

“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. A story about a black neighborhood doesn’t necessarily need white characters just to balance the racial profile. But this really seemed like an effort was made to add some color — and it came across as forced.”

He sees hope in the program however.

“Girls’ heart and mind is in the right place. It wants to be more than the sum of its familiar parts. And sometimes it is. Maybe this season its voice will be louder and clearer and have more to say. It’s worth listening for.”

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