Season 21 of The Bachelor is on, whether you love it or not. Nick Viall is The Bachelor with 30 beautiful bachelorettes at his disposal. In the premiere two-hour episode, only 22 young women will stay in the house to vie for Nick’s lust or love. If you ask NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he’ll say lust. If you think that’s a strange segue, it’s not – Abdul-Jabbar wrote an article for The Hollywood Reporter titled “The Bachelor Is Killing Romance in America.”
While criticizing The Bachelor franchise for its “lack of intellectual and appearance diversity, which leaves the contestants as interchangeable as the Mr. Potato Head parts,” he also finds a way to quote Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye) who writes expertly about human culture. But what are the chances that a fan of The Bachelor also reads Toni Morrison novels? Hey, a 7’2″ basketball player — and writer — who scored more points than any other player in history apparently does both. America is so complicated. The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC.