It seems like everyone has an opinion on Lena Dunham and Girls, so it wasn't a terrible surprise to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar post a thoughtful critique of the show on The Huffington Post. Oh wait, yes it was. It's not just because the basketball legend is a stranger to blogging. He's written a number of things for HuffPost, most of them about politics. Abdul-Jabbar has not, however, written a thing since his "Coppertone Politics" post three years ago. And now he's hung up on an HBO show for hipsters? That's pretty curious.
What's more curious, however, that Abdul-Jabbar's piece is pretty good! It starts out with a notably well researched look at the show's demographics, and the next think you know the Hall of Famer is dropping Brett Easton Ellis references and talking about race in America. Abdul-Jabbar -- or whomever wrote this because, come on, everybody knows not all celebrities write their own blog posts -- has clearly seen every episode and clearly has some strong opinions about what's right and wrong with the show. Again, watching a show and writing about it does not a television critic make. But once you start waxing nostalgic about Wonderfalls, the somewhat obscure Fox drama that lasted one season but developed a cult-like following, and talking about "the audience's desperation for a generational voice," we're paying attention.