Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watches HBO’s ‘Girls’ and Has a Few Critiques


Here’s his take on the HBO show:

Girls wants to tell us something important about twentysomething females of the 21st Century. And, as the elders of our society, we should always be listening to those new voices crying out.

But what are they telling us?

1. Their world is mostly white.

Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. 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. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.

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.

And, he points out the most glaring flaw of the show that I have as well:

4. The guys are more interesting than the girls.

Adam, Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) abrasive boyfriend, is a wonderful character whose quirkiness never diminished his depth of character. The episode in which he performs in the one-man show is brilliant. Charlie, Marnie’s ex-boyfriend, is a complex mix of too stable and too nice. The fact that he’s dumped by a girl who is actually more boring and shallow than she claims he is, makes for some excellent social commentary, although that seems like an accidental byproduct. Could it be that Dunham actually is better at writing guy characters than girl characters?

I hope to god that Lena Dunham casts Kareem in a role for the third season. That said, I’m really trying to process the notion that KAJ can wax eloquently enough about ‘Girls’ to toss in a ‘My So-Called Life’ and ‘Wonderfalls’ reference, which he points out were both significantly better shows.

Something tells me KAJ would be an awesome dude to have beers with. He watched ‘Wonderfalls’? I can forgive him for playing for the Lakers now.

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