Last week, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed HBO’s hit series Girls and the show’s creator, Lena Dunham, in an op-ed he wrote for the Huffington Post.
The former Los Angeles Lakers center questioned the validity of the show and said that Dunham was failing to effectively reach her target audience.
“Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind,” he wrote. “This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character (played by Donald Glover) 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.”
Abdul-Jabbar’s review soon took a vulgar turn when he said: “a black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.”
During an interview Saturday with E! News, Dunham responded to Abdul-Jabbar’s critique of Girls and said she only skimmed it.
“It seemed like a mixed review and I have a policy about not reading those,” she said.
“[Abdul-Jabbar's] review of Girls was called to my attention on Twitter,” Dunham said. “And I blurted out to my dad, ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reviewed Girls.’ And he said, ‘I don’t even know how to process that. I don’t even know what that means.’”
Duhnam brushed off Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism and said that she could actually imagine the 65-year-old Airplane star possibly appearing on Girls one day.
“Kareem crushed it on New Girl,” she said. (Abdul-Jabbar guest starred as himself on the Fox series in April.) “So if we’re ever in need of a Kareem type, he’s definitely the first person I’d go to.”
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