Former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a lot to say about Big Tech, social media, and their collective tendency to censor conservatives, ban Trump supporters, and twist the rules to make sure that only one narrative gets to the public at large. Long story short: He’s all for it! In fact, Abdul-Jabbar said in a Hollywood Reporter op-ed this week that he’d like to see Twitter and Facebook take a harder line on conservative celebrities and remove them from the platforms altogether.
“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,” wrote Abdul-Jabbar. “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.
“It would be tempting to dismiss this self-mutilation as merely the triggering of overly sensitive ‘cancel culture.’ But some of this public braying does immediate harm to the foundation of society,” he continued. “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.”
That’s rich. Why does Abdul-Jabbar believe that the election went off without a hint of fraud? Because he personally conducted an audit of the 2020 election? Or because someone in authority told him what he wanted to hear?
Furthermore, if J.K. Rowling’s insistence that we should probably be a bit more cautious before we give puberty-blocking hormones to young girls and that there is no way to change your biological sex is enough to taint “her entire literary legacy,” then it only speaks to just how monstrously idiotic our civilization is becoming.
“Many Americans imbue stars with political and social intelligence they just don’t have. Great success in one field can lead to the delusion that all your thoughts are great,” he continued. “It doesn’t help to be surrounded by fawning people whose job it is to agree with everything you say. The irresponsibility of tweeting irrational and harmful opinions to millions, regardless of the damaging consequences to their country or people’s lives, proves that those stars deserve the harsh backlash.”
Well, we certainly agree with that first sentence. We might even extend it to cover former basketball players.