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Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Bachelor's unedited breakup "crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to"
The NBA legend and pop-culture critic says of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s uneidted, split-screen Bachelor breakup with Becca K.: "This may not be sexual harassment, but it definitely appears to be emotional harassment encouraged by the producers. Go means, Go! Worse was Chris Harrison’s campaign of damage control as the host tried to justify the show’s bad behavior. He didn’t seem to understand that what they did crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to — against our rational thinking — that the show’s ultimate goal was to give love a chance. But those scenes, and Chris Harrison’s unbridled glee in declaring this was 'reality television history,' revealed a malevolence and disregard that shocked and embarrassed us. Instead of being on a romantic journey together, we had tossed one of our own into the gladiatorial arena to be devoured for our amusement. But we were not amused."
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
This Bachelor season seems like a “serious misstep” in the #MeToo era, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The NBA Hall of Famer and Hollywood Reporter pop-culture columnist writes that Arie Luyendyk Jr., with his “vapid, out-of-date masculinity,” is a disappointing follow-up to Rachel Lindsay — and even Nick Viall. “Yes, it’s a game show more than a reality show. Dozens of women compete for the attention of one man, which is to real romance what being trapped in a crowded elevator for two days using an empty Starbucks cup as the only toilet is to an elegant cocktail party,” writes Abdul-Jabbar. “It’s crock-pot romance, with the women constantly stewing on high heat. That’s what makes it so addictively entertaining. However, with today’s heightened awareness through the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the entertainment media has a clear responsibility not to perpetuate stereotypes or behavior that negatively influences how we see people and therefore how we treat them. The higher the ratings, the greater the responsibility.” ALSO: SNL had the perfect Bachelor parody.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s top two new TV shows of 2017
Godless, Mindhunter, Sneaky Pete, Legion and Big Little Lies also made the Top 10 list from the NBA Hall of famer-turned-pop culture columnist.