Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Thinks ‘The Bachelor’ Has ‘An Insidious Darkness’ To It
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not a fan of The Bachelor. In fact, he thinks it’s actively dangerous to viewers.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul-Jabbar stated that he just doesn’t trust the ABC show, noting that there is “an insidious darkness beneath the fairytale pabulum they are serving up.”
“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,” the piece read. “Even youthful [season 20 contestant and Bachelor In Paradise winner] Amanda Stanton, 26, admits to using Botox.”
The column goes on to decry the lack of racial, intellectual, and appearance diversity.
“The real crime is the lack of intellectual and appearance diversity, which leaves the contestants as interchangeable as the Mr. Potato Head parts. The lack of racial diversity has already been commented on. If you’re black on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, you’re usually kept around as a courtesy for a few weeks before being ejected. Those outside the ideal body fat percentage index need not apply. With all eyes firmly fixed on firm buttocks, the criteria for finding love becomes how high a quarter will bounce off rock-hard abs.”
But Abdul-Jabbar thinks there’s a far greater danger to a show like this that many are overlooking.
“The real danger is when we try to apply that fantasy thinking to our own lives,” Abdul-Jabbar writes. “And when we think about where our children learn about the realities of romance, it becomes even more important to question what may influence their behavior in choosing a partner.”
You can read the full essay by heading on over to The Hollywood Reporter. Agree or disagree, it’s pretty interesting stuff. For some, The Bachelor and its spinoffs are mostly harmless entertainment, but I can see how shows like this could have the potential to warp expectations and perpetuate negative ideas. I guess it’s all in what the viewer perceives and what they bring to the show.
But what do you think about what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has to say about The Bachelor? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on The Bachelor, watch Nick Viall have an awkward reunion with exes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on Jimmy Kimmel Live!