Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says America Is A ‘Bad Horror Movie’ Under Immigration Ban

Ford Springer | Contributor

Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar claims that President Trump’s temporary immigration ban has trapped the citizens of the United States in a “bad horror movie.”

In a bizarre, lengthy article written for The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul-Jabbar likens the “hapless victims” of a horror film “stalked by a terrifying entity that is malevolently irrational and supremely powerful” to the refugees affected by Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

(Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

“For civilized societies, the absence of reason and compassion is the very definition of pure evil because it is a rejection of our sacred values, distilled from millennia of struggle,” Abdul-Jabaar writes.

“President Trump’s recent executive order to bar citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has resulted in Muslim-Americans feeling as if we’re now trapped in a menacing haunted house battling a powerful but irrational specter,” He continues.

“There is no escape, nowhere to hide, no one believes us when we tell them about the horrible noises (‘Grab them by the pussy’), and no help from the authorities is coming because they’re already possessed and mindlessly doing the creature’s bidding.”

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulates National Basketball Association all-time leading scorer and social justice advocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Abdul-Jabbar notes that the “weakness of every horror movie is motivation,” which Donald Trump’s immigration ban lacks, according to the former NBA player.

“President Trump’s Muslim ban continues this challenge to our suspension of disbelief because we can find no rational motivation for the scary creature’s horrific actions,” Abdul-Jabbar asserts. “His ban cites 9/11 as its rationale, yet the ban doesn’t include any countries that those hijackers came from (nor any countries that Trump does business with).”

“The only way Trump can make a ban like this work, since it is so egregiously unconstitutional, is to convince the people that there is no legitimate source of truth except his administration,” Abdul-Jabbar writes.

“Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway describes the president’s first week of extensive lying as ‘alternate facts’ and, in a Fox interview, even used references that compared Trump to Jesus. Trump strategist Steve Bannon has called the media ‘the opposition party.’ They are trying to convince the public that no one has the moral integrity to judge what they say or do. Just like the royalty of old that Americans fought to get away from, they rule through God’s grace and so are infallible,” Abdul-Jabbar continues.

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar speaks on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

“When the leader of the free world creates a hostile environment for Muslims, as this ban surely does, it can have violent repercussions as other racists and xenophobes are encouraged to act on their hatred.”

Abdul-Jabbar eventually blames Trump’s ban for Sunday night’s shooting at a Quebec mosque that left six people dead. The former basketball player also called people to act against the ban, otherwise they share the blame too.

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