Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has caught the ire of social media users for posting on his Instagram page that dark skinned women are not beautiful. He singled out two famous Kenyans, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and supermodel Ajuam Nasenyana - who has worked with global fashion designers such as Victoria’s Secret and Carlos Mienes.
Arena’s post was in response to Pan-Africanist Rashidi Kweli, who wrote on his page encouraging darker skinned women to be proud of their skin: “Black Girl, You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful…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.”
Kweli’s post got a lot of positive feedback from online users, but not from Arenas.
Arena reponded to the post by asking how dark is too dark to be considered beautiful. In his opinion, Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Gabrielle Union, Taral Hicks and Serena Williams are at the darkest women he could call beautiful, implying anyone darker than them cannot be considered beautiful.
“How black are we talking??? Not to be funny can u name a beautiful black woman on the outside…not brown skin…like tyrese black…top 50 most beautiful women of all time.. the darkest women they have is (Keisha knight Pullman aka Rudy)(gab)) union) (tarsal hicks) (Serena Williams)”.
He continued, saying Lupita Nyong’o is "cute when the lights are off". About Ajuma, Arenas said “sorry but ewww”.
Here is his complete post on that:
“When you say African features black then u have (#1 lupita n’yonga) and she’s cute when the lights are off second is (Ajuma nasenyana) sorry but ewww so the beautiful black women u try to boost up is technically light skinned or brown skinned…”
Arenas deleted his post after received backlash, but that has not stopped online users from hitting back at him.
— AntoineSpeaks blog (@AntoineSpeaksOn) April 15, 2017
Anyone who says Lupita Nyong'o is only beautiful with the lights off needs a reality check. Stay un-woke, Gilbert Arenas. And shut up.
— Earth To Erika Marie (@EarthToEMarie) April 14, 2017
Gilbert Arenas has always been problematic. Always. He's trash🗑 in every aspect of the word. His children have dark complexions like Lupita
— Pesa Mystic (@sweetfacedinero) April 14, 2017
Gilbert Arenas thought having kids with a non black woman meant his kids would come out light and they came out dark like him.
— Noob Saibot (@MommaAfro_) April 15, 2017
Gilbert Arenas is out here questioning the beauty of dark skinned black Women and look at his daughters 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/XXEyqroVY3
— ThisPodcastFllwsBac (@TripleTeaaa) April 14, 2017
gilbert arenas own daughters dark skinned lmao what a tragic person to have as a father
— kri$💖 (@k_warr4) April 14, 2017