Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Demands Hollywood Punish Conservative Celebs For Differing Opinions
By Movieguide® Staff
Hall of Fame Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently claimed that conservative celebrities deserved to be cancelled for their political ideations.
In an article published by The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul-Jabbar gave tone-deaf praise for the cancel culture and demanded that it be extended to popular conservatives like John Cleese, John Voight, and Letitia Wright.
The Left has targeted each of these people for daring to go against the Hollywood grain.
Cleese is candid about his opinions of cancel culture and the danger that it poses to free speech.
Movieguide® previously reported:
John Cleese, known for his multiple roles in 1975’s MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, challenged comedians to tell him a “woke joke,” claiming that political correctness only stifles comedic creativity.
Cleese, 80, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that “cancel culture” is dangerous and diverged from its initial intentions.
“PC stuff started out as a good idea, which is, ‘Let’s not be mean to people’, and I’m in favour of that despite my age,” Cleese said. “The main thing is to try to be kind. But that then becomes a sort of indulgence of the most over-sensitive people in your culture, the people who are most easily upset.”
Though Cleese advocated kindness, Abdul-Jabbar responded with self-centered demands.
“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,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
Abdul-Jabbar also called out Voight for the actor’s political opinion and support of President Donald Trump.
“Jon Voight, once a shining star among actors, recently posted a rambling video calling the political left ‘Satan’ and promoting conspiracies about the election, reducing him from brilliant Oscar winner to cultural dumpster diver,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
Abdul-Jabbar also attacked young Christian actress Wright, known for her BLACK PANTHER role, after she posted a link to a YouTube video questioning the COVID-19 vaccine.
“After a tsunami of social media backlash, she wrote: ‘My intention was not to hurt anyone. My ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.’ At best, that’s naive, and at worst, disingenuous,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “If someone wants to raise concerns — that’s legitimate—they need to do basic research: Find facts, statistics and qualified authorities. Because the reality is that when she posts, readers believe she endorses the false conclusions—and that can’t be undone.”
Moreover, Abdul-Jabbar called for an increase in media censorship: “Social media companies have begun slapping warnings on some messages that are false, incite violence or cause harm to society. But this needs to be done with more consistency and vigilance.”