Gilbert Arenas has found himself under fire for his comments about dark-skinned women on Instagram in which he claimed that very few dark-skinned women are beautiful. The athlete even slammed actress Lupita Nyong’o as not “cute.”
In response to an Instagram post from ProBlkThought that read, “Dear Black Girl: You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful,” Arenas went on a rant:
How black are we talking??? Not to be funny can u name a beautiful black women on the outside … not brown skin … like tyrese black … top 50 most beautiful women off [sic] all time … the darkest women they have is (Keshia Knight Pulliam aka Rudy) (gab)) union) (taral hicks) (Serena Williams),” he wrote before adding, “When u say African features black then u have (#1 lupita nyong’o) and she’s cute when the lights are off second is (Ajuma nasenyana) sorry but ewww so the black beautiful women u try to boost up is technically light skinned or brown skinned.
The ProBlkThought Instagram page responded by posting a collage of pictures of beautiful black women.
Arenas later posted an apology after the backlash became too great to withstand, claiming that he read the original post wrong and therefore misinterpreted what the message was about. However, he refused to apologize for suggesting that Lupita Nyongo “ain’t cute.”
“I never say sorry for the shit I say but it’s my fault I read this wrong and got into my feelings…I thought it was saying,if ur mixed ur not considered black and beautiful and my kids are mixed and dark skinned so I perceived it how I wanted to,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I fucked this up so I deserved the hatred that comes….I was trying to defend all shades of black but that’s what the post was also doing…I ended up pulling a COON moment…sorry all shades of black women no need to forgive me Im pretty sure I’ll say some fucked up shit probably in two weeks ?? (I know pussy prices about to double up on my ass from black women ?) and as for lupita she ain’t cute to me sorry…just like I’m not cute to 95% of u…”