Gilbert Arenas seems to think there should be some stipulations on which dark-skinned women are considered beautiful, and people aren’t here for it.
The former NBA player responded to a post by Pan-Africanist Rashidi Kweli who shared a meme encouraging Black women and girls with darker skin to love their beauty.
Your African features are all you need for attractiveness. Never tell yourself or let anyone tell you that in order to be attractive you must be mixed. #PanAfricanism #BlackNationalism #BlackEmpowerment #AfricanEmpowerment #AfricanAndProud #BlackAndProud #BlackPride #BlackPower #BlackLivesMatter #Amerikkka #UnapologeticallyBlack #UnapologeticallyAfrican #BlackInAmerica #BlackIsBeautiful #KnowThySelf #KnowledgeOfSelf #KnowledgeOfSelfIsANationality #EconomicEmpowerment #IntegrationFailed #WhiteLiesMatter #Education #AfricanUnification #AfricanUnity #BlackLove #JusticeOrElse #ProBlack
The message was widely praised by commenters but things took a turn when Arenas wondered how dark is too dark to be considered beautiful. He listed actresses Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Gabrielle Union, Taral Hicks and tennis champion Serena Williams as the darkest women he could think of as beauties.
Arenas added Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is “cute when the lights are off” reacted to Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana with, “Sorry but ewww.”
Many commenters immediately went after the ex-point guard.
Some wondered if Arenas felt the same way about his family, especially his three daughters.
One tried to explain what Arenas meant by his comment.
Somewhere in between, Kweli hit back with an example of the several beautiful dark-skinned women.
@no.chill.gil as an example to my point on my earlier post, this is just a small example of the beauty of dark skin women. Feel free to explore pages like @darkskinwomen @darkskin.blackgirls. As you are a father of black girls, in no way shape or form should you ever question the beauty of our women, light or dark; especially dark #DarkSkinBeauty #BlackWomen #BlackGirlsRock #DarkSkinBlackWomen #DarkSkinGirls
Arenas took to Instagram hours later to try to clear up his statements, explaining he thought the meme said that mixed women and girls are not “considered Black and beautiful.”
“I erased [what I said] to say sorry, but not say sorry because you can’t truly blame me for reading it wrong (I went to public school) so I read it how I thought it was written,” Arenas wrote. “I f—– 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.”
Arenas maintained that Nyong’o “ain’t cute to me” like “I’m not cute to 95 percent of you.”
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..I just got off the phone with the only women who tells me when my shit stinks,and I know it's comes from the heart becuz she will defend me in front of everyone else and cuss me out when we're alone @christyarenas she reread what it said (your African features are all the attractiveness u need) so 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) so I read it how I thought it was written….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…