Social justice activist and former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has called upon Hollywood to fix its preference for “Asain stereotypes,” from the submissive servant to the math wiz.
In an article for The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Abdul-Jabbar recalled his time studying martial arts under Bruce Lee and how the legend “spoke often and passionately about the harmful way Asian Americans were portrayed on television shows and in movies.”
“How having characters like Hop Sing (Bonanza) and Hey Boy (Have Gun Will Travel) shuffling about happily serving their white bosses gave the impression that Asian males were grateful, sexless servants,” he wrote. “Asian women were generally beautiful, demure, sexy servants in need of protection from the gun-toting white males. Bruce did his best to destroy those stereotypes by becoming the virile action hero in Hong Kong movies that Hollywood wouldn’t let him be.”
“Flash forward 55 years and, with a few notable exceptions, the demeaning stereotypes remain and have born bitter fruit: The