Gilbert Arenas has finally got some chill. The former NBA player, who goes by no.chill.gil on social media, is known for making controversial comments. Now it seems he’s had a change of heart about one in particular.
Arenas issued an apology to Lupita Nyong’o for ignorant comments he made about her and dark skinned women a few years ago. On Monday Arenas posted a note to his Instagram Stories that read :
“We cant come together as a race until the idiots of the race right their wrong. My name is Gil Arenas and I was an Idiot for attacking one of our queens for no reason @lupitanyongo (I am truly sorry for my coon behavior).”
Back in 2017 Arenas questioned how dark is too dark to be considered beautiful under a post by Pan Africanist Rashidi Kweli that read: “Dear Black Girl: You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful.”
He went on to point out women brown skinned women like Keisha Knight Pulliam, Gabrielle Union and Serena Williams but said N’yongo was only cute when the lights are off.
How black are we talking??? Not to be funny can u name a beautiful black women on the outside … not brown skin … like tyrese black … top 50 most beautiful women off [sic] all time … the darkest women they have is (keshia knight pulliam aka rudy) (gab)) union) (taral hicks) (serena williams),” he wrote before adding, “when u say african features black then u have (#1 lupita nyong’o) and she’s cute when the lights are off second is (ajuma nasenyana) sorry but ewww so the black beautiful women u try to boost up is technically light skinned or brown skinned.
Twitter of course gave him a good dragging but not enough to make him change his tune about the Black Panther star. He later explained that he was confused by the wording in the post, but doubled down on his comments about Lupita.
We guess the recent events of 2020 helped him see all black lives matter and are beautiful too!
Meanwhile Nyong’o has not responded.