A decade-old comment Sandra “Pepa” Denton made has recently resurfaced and Jaleel White has something to say about her remarks concerning dating “nice guy” Will Smith.
In 2009, Pepa shared in her memoir, “Let’s Talk About Pep” her initial encounter with the Fresh Prince in the ’90s, praising him for his generosity after he asked her out.
“I sometimes kick myself when I think about what could have been,” she confessed. “He was so nice to me, but I really wasn’t feeling him. I guess I couldn’t appreciate a nice guy like Will Smith. He wasn’t thug enough. I was attracted to thugs and hoodlums. Will was too nice to me.”
The comment struck White and moved him to repost it on his Instagram page Thursday, May 10.
“I’m gonna just leave this here. Never seen a celebrity Black woman admit this. Props to you, Pepa, for spitting a little known truth,” he wrote in the caption. “But if you weren’t bout that thug life as a youngster, smoking hella weed or getting paid for playing in the league, the finest sistas were not checking for you in the 90s 🤷🏽♂️. The jerks, rappers and jocks scooped em all up🤦🏽♂️. The past is the past, but oh the stories I could share 😭🤦🏽♂️😂 Props to you again, Pepa.
“How many of you brothas who grew up in the 90s can relate? #iwasadooropening #foodbuyingfool,” he added.
In response, male celebs — including retired defensive end Marcellus Wiley, “American Ninja Warrior” host Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, actor Alimi Ballard, “General Hospital” star Anthony Montgomery and rapper Torae each readily applauded White’s conclusion.
However, some women said that dating a nice guy wasn’t the same for all women.
“Not true for all of us,” a woman said. “I always liked good guys. Even in the ’90s.”
“Guys curve good girls too,” another woman commented, remarking on dark-skinned verses light skinned women. “Plenty of Pams got passed up because y’all wanted Ginas…”
“I got played by a geek…ph*ck all y’all! (clearly, I need a hug) 🤦🏾♀️🤗😳,” another said.
“Come on…men do it too!” said a separate lady. “Y’all go for the very pretty females, long hair, big buts etc. Us who were not ‘fly’ in school got no play!”