Blaming the victim is always fashionable:
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested on Monday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant is at least partially his girlfriend’s fault.
“And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a blog post for Time. “Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing ‘pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.’ She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.”
*** Update ***
I stand by the comments regarding his blaming the victim bit- that quote speaks for itself. However, many of you have stated I was being a total asshole using Lew instead of his real name, and after some thought, you are right. Sometimes you try to write a clever title and don’t think things through, and this is one of those cases. You’re right, I am wrong, and I apologize. I’d change the title of the post, but then that would be revisionist, so I’ll keep it the same and hope you read my apology and accept it.
I was just really pissed off (and yes, I read the whole piece he wrote for Time), but I just found that quote to be really offensive, even in the service of a point, and I regrettably responded by being a total asshole. Not surprising, but I am still ashamed.