What is the world coming to when black men disrespect our own black women, especially in such public forums?! The latest case involves “no chill Gil” Gilbert Arenas hopping on Instagram and declaring dark skin women are not beautiful.
The NBA player came across a meme in the ProBlkThought Instagram meme, which read “Dear Black Girl: You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful.”
Arenas was compelled to comment and wrote, “How black we talking?? Not to be funny can you name a beautiful black woman on the outside … not brown skin … like Tyrese black.”
He went on say that only a few dark-skinned women rank in the top 50 most beautiful, name-dropping Serena Williams and Gabrielle Union. However, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o — who was named People magazine’s most beautiful person of 2014 — is only “cute when the lights are off.”
Social media gathered Arenas real quick and also offered receipts of beautiful dark-skinned women.
After the much-deserved Twitter dragging, Arenas posted what he called an apology. He said he misinterpreted the meme and thought it somehow criticized mixed women. He took this personally because he has mixed children.
He wrote in part:
However, his weak apology got even worse as he made a second slick comment about Nyong’o. “And as for lupita she ain’t cute to me sorry…just like I’m not cute to 95% of u…”
To be frank, it’s very hard for me to think this “apology” is genuine. It’s also hard for me to believe Arenas actually misinterpreted the meme. The intent of the message was clearly stated and was posted on a page named “Pro Black Thought.”
Furthermore, his explanation doesn’t even make sense. Not once in his original comments did he defend dark-skinned or mixed women. In fact, he said it was a struggle to find beautiful dark-skinned women.
Arenas has made sexist comment in the past and he will probably continue to do so. At least we know social media will always be quick to get him together.
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