This Hateful Retired Basketball Player Says 'Lupita Is Only Cute With the Lights Off'

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Gilbert Arenas attended The Ball Up National Street Ball Tour  at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

This Hateful Retired Basketball Player Says 'Lupita Is Only Cute With the Lights Off'

Gilbert Arenas has some gross thoughts on Black beauty.

Published April 14, 2017

Gibert Arenas (yes, I had to Google him too) took to Instagram today to spew some unwanted hatred against women, but particularly Black women because we can't go a day without this kind of unneccessary nonsense! 

Please see his disappointing comments on an positive Instagram post that reads, "Dear Black Girl, you don't have to be mixed to be beautiful." Arenas's response was captured by The Shade Room:

Someone take #GilbertArenas phone 😩😩 Swipe Right😩

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Apparently, Arenas disagrees with this meme, stating that actually only a handful of Black women who are dark are also beautiful siting very beautiful women like Keisha Knight Pullam, Gabrielle Union and Serena Williams. He then goes on to claim that women with "African features," Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o specifically, are less desirable and only "cute with the lights off." If that didn't disgust you enough, he actually says that Black women who are dark and have confidence are somehow mistaken. "Sorry but ewww," he writes.

I can't believe this is a story that I have to write today, but this man really, really tried it. He needs to take a good hard look in the mirror and consider the kind of hateful message he is spreading. Just this week, a beautiful young girl had to leave school because she was being bullied for her dark skin. She is 10. What do you think her confidence level will be like a 21? This history of colorism and self-loathing has no place in 2017 and certainly has no place on Instagram, where people who might have liked the originally positive message could see it. Not today Arenas.

Luckily for this man, he allegedly has two mixed daughters, so it's safe to assume their complexions will fall on the favorable side of the paper bag test. But make no mistake that they are Black children and they might have their own struggles with racism, colorism and beauty standards. I would hope this would make Arenas feel more compassion, but evidently he doesn't.

Not that we should expect anything better from this man, who said that any women born before 1983 should stay away from All-Star Weeked to let "the young hoes" have fun. Yeah, he has some serious issues with women. 

In any case, it doesn't seem like too many people are sharing his sentiment. Most people are asking "who??" And as for dark women with "African" features not being beautiful? Well, I guess he missed Maria Borges on the cover of Elle this month. 

Written by Danielle Prescod

(Photo: Leon Bennett/WireImage)


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