In an era when Black people are doing their best to stand up against racism, it is wrong for one of our own to be seen slandering and being racist to a beautiful black woman. Lupita Nyong’o, who was the victim of the assault has spoken out against colorism in the black community and how it divides people of the same race.
Gilbert Arenas, an NBA player, has apologized to the Oscar winner for insulting her for her dark skin on many occasions. The apology was sent to the star of “12 Years A Slave” on Instagram on Tuesday.
He stated on Instagram, “We can’t come together as a race unless the race’s idiots right their wrongs.” “My name is Gilbert, and I was an idiot for randomly attacking one of our queens. @Lupita Nyong’o, please accept my heartfelt apologies for my coon behavior. #deadandalive #blackexcellence #blacklivesmatter.”
In 2017, the 38-year-old athlete made headlines for making disparaging statements about Nyong’o. According to Madamenoire, he received a lot of reactions for his comments on a post he posted on Instagram against dark-skinned ladies.
To make matters worse, he went on to claim that a few dark-skinned women are attractive, singling out the actress from “Us,” stating she was not “cute.”
“Dear Black Girl: You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful,” was the post ProBlkThought which prompted a response from the NBA star at the time.
In the comments area, he went all out, saying, “How black are we talking???” Can you name a gorgeous black woman on the outside, not to be amusing… skin that isn’t brown… like black tyres… a list of the top 50 most beautiful ladies of all time… (Keshia Knight Pulliam aka Rudy) (gab)) union) (taral hicks) (Serena Williams) are the darkest ladies they have.”
“When you say African features black, you have (#1 lupita nyong’o) and she’s cute when the lights are turned off second is (Ajuma nasenyana) sorry but ewww so the black beautiful women you want to boost up are technically light skinned or brown-skinned,” he said.
He realized he had gone too far at the time and remarked, “I f*cked this up, therefore I deserve the wrath that comes.”
Was he sorry, as his reaction to a fan calling him out in the comments section of a Lupita Nyong’o photo could suggest?
The follower @no.chill.gil wrote, “hey looks it’s the black girl you mentioned looks better in the dar[k].”
“@wg bombshell_ everyone says her (skin) is gorgeous, but what about her face?? “Turn out the lights,” he said.
He continued his rant by writing:
“You guys tag me like she got a makeover and went from a 3 to a 10… No, she’s merely a 3 in blue water wearing blue blockers. There’s no difference between this and an ugly girl with a fat a–. I’ll still beat even if the lights are turned off, but she’s glowing.”
Many people are questioning whether his apology this time represents a genuine change of heart and thinking. We don’t need black people assaulting each other when there are so many attacks on black people by others.