Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Criticizes Bruce Lee's Depiction in Tarantino Film

Aug 17, 2019 11:32


I thought you would like to read the article that I wrote for @THR about Quentin Tarantino’s film: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood regarding the films portrayal of Bruce Leehttps://t.co/DDMnR7wdIL
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) August 16, 2019

** feels "torn" about controversy because he is a fan of Tarantino movies. But Lee was his friend and ( Read more... )

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rhapsodeeinblue August 17 2019, 17:09:21 UTC
"That’s why it disturbs me that Tarantino chose to portray Bruce in such a one-dimensional way. The John Wayne machismo attitude of Cliff (Brad Pitt), an aging stuntman who defeats the arrogant, uppity Chinese guy harks back to the very stereotypes Bruce was trying to dismantle. Of course the blond, white beefcake American can beat your fancy Asian chopsocky dude because that foreign crap doesn’t fly here."

So true and I'm glad he said it!

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xpirate_queenx August 17 2019, 17:29:58 UTC
It's so perfectly put.

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saintclaire87 August 17 2019, 17:35:48 UTC
IA.

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poopoomagoogooz August 17 2019, 17:51:14 UTC
yup!

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bohemiancouture August 17 2019, 17:12:46 UTC
Can I 100% get what he's saying but also think that it's just a movie and it's fiction? The whole story is kind of ridiculous. It's not real life and sometimes I wish people would just leave it at that. I tried not to read too much into it as a historical reference or whatever.

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fabulousdoll August 17 2019, 17:20:40 UTC
his own words: "And, even though we know the movie is fiction, those scenes will live on in our shared cultural conscience as impressions of those real people, thereby corrupting our memory of them built on their real-life actions"

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zharia August 17 2019, 17:22:36 UTC
"Of course, Tarantino has the artistic right to portray Bruce any way he wants. But to do so in such a sloppy and somewhat racist way is a failure both as an artist and as a human being."

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josiefier August 17 2019, 17:23:18 UTC

This is kind of where I'm at. The last scene alone proves how much of the movie is fantasy.

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just444 August 17 2019, 17:13:26 UTC
film twitter is being insufferable over this

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tipping4_2 August 17 2019, 17:14:28 UTC
oof get him!!

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elvasle August 17 2019, 17:20:22 UTC
quentin tarantino has always been a racist. he uses film and media and 'free speech' as opportunity to say and act out all the racist shit he has going through his head. he's the type to shout racial epithets at you when you refuse his advances on dating apps like grindr.

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marywebgirl August 17 2019, 19:58:14 UTC
And that clip in the post is a great example of what a thieving hack he is.

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swissbeauty23 August 17 2019, 21:37:41 UTC
I'm a fan of his older work but like, it's impossible to deny this. he gleefully uses every opportunity he can to punch down and make racist "jokes" and say the n-word & a variety of slurs as many times as he wants

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