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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Will Smith for ‘perpetuating stereotypes’

NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed Will Smith for his attack on Chris Rock during the Oscars, writing that the “King Richard” star “advocated violence, diminished women … and stereotypes about the Black community continued. “

In a substack essay posted Monday, the all-time leader outlined the scoring of the many ways Smith was harmed by slapping Rock for a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

“By beating Rock, he announced that his wife was incapable of defending herself – against words,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

“This condescending, fatherly attitude makes women infantile and reduces them to helpless girls who need a Great Strong Man to defend their honor, the least they’re drenched from the fumes,” he explained.

Will Smith with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the set of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in 1994.
Will Smith with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the set of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1994.

The six-time NBA champion, who appeared with Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1994, said Smith’s “self-serving” acceptance speech for his best actor Oscar, in which he spoke of the protection of women in his movie “King Richard,” was about “justifying his violence”.

“Apparently so many people need Smith’s protection that it gets too much every now and then and someone has to be beaten,” Abdul-Jabbar joked.

The author wrote that the Black community also felt Smith’s blow.

“One of the most important talking points of those who support systemic racism in America is to characterize Blacks as more prone to violence and less able to control their emotions,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “Smith only gave comfort to the enemy by providing them with the perfect optics they dreamed of.”

The shocking incident unfolded when Rock handed over the best documentary award. He told Pinkett Smith that he was looking forward to seeing her in “GI Jane 2”. The real “GI Jane” played Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the 1997 role. But Will Smith took the singer personally because his wife suffered from hair loss causing alopecia. He walked to the stage and slapped Rock in the face, then shouted at him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!”

Substack noted that Smith apologized to Rock and called his own actions “unacceptable” since the essay was published.

Celebrities’ incidents ranged from actor Tiffany Haddish praising Smith for standing up for his spouse, to comedian Jim Carrey saying he was “sick” by “spineless” Hollywood after the crowd told Smith a standing ovation ovation for winning the award for best actor.

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