Another day brings another celeb who believes they’re the authority on the beauty standards of African-American women. Athlete Gilbert Arenas recently found himself on black women’s bad side after launching into tirade against dark-skinned women. He seemingly got in his feelings out of nowhere and proceeded to bash the beauty of dark-skinned women, even slamming actress Lupita Nyong’o personally.
His comments followed a post from user ProBlkThought celebrating women of color that apparently hit a nerve:
Arenas responded by nit-picking the nuances of brown-skin like he was applying for a quality assurance position at the Crayola factory:
“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).”
“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 account responded simply by posting a collage of woman of color of all shades. Realizing that he had misinterpreted the intention of the post, Arenas then offered the most pathetic pseudo-apology known to man:
“I never say sorry for the sh*t 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.”
Arenas quickly deleted the apology (HelloBeautiful still has the text) and stated his limited upbringing was to blame:
“I erased to kinda say sorry but not say sorry becuz u can’t truly blame me for reading it wrong (I went to public school).”
The basketball player who goes posts under the name “No.Chill. Gil” and has four children with reality star Laura Govan also refused to apologize for sharing his opinion that Nyong’o is “not cute”.
This wouldn’t be the first time the basketball player has expressed his distaste in women’s appearance, once remarking in regards to the WNBA that “men don’t want to watch women act like men”.
Lawd, help this poor child. He just better be happy I’m saved. In the meantime, he might want to help himself to a small helping of “chill” before some offended woman force feeds him some. Meanwhile we’re sure Ms. Lupita is out making money, killing some movie role and not giving a damn.