Retired basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar commented on the growing list of controversies surrounding the movie “Green Book,” penning a column on the subject published today by The Hollywood Reporter running under the headline “Why the ‘Green Book’ Controversies Don’t Matter.”
The column makes the point that all the attention being paid during awards season to the movie’s historical inaccuracies and the race “or boneheaded past acts” of its writer and director misses the deeper value of an Oscar-worthy film.
One controversy Abdul-Jabbar addresses is whether the movie is “black enough.”
“Almost every time a film is released that features racism, the work faces the litmus test of ‘integrity to blackness,'” he writes. “That’s a fair test because movies have a long history of being condescending, reductive and insulting when representing black people or black culture, even when they are well-meaning.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read Abdul-Jabbar’s column.