Gilbert Arenas Proves the Sunken Place Has Plenty Good Room

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This nuh. Former pro-baller Gilbert Arenas recently spewed his hateful ignorance all over Instagram and was summarily (and rightly) dragged for it.

The latest in a long line of “celebrities” that peddle in daily misogynoir (yeah, I’m looking at you, French Montana, Tyrese), Arenas took to social media to disparage dark-skinned women, saying they are “ewwww.”

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In a since-deleted post, Arenas wrote, “Not to be funny, but can you name a beautiful black woman on the outside … not brown skinned … but Tyrese black. …When you have African features black then u have number#1 lupita n’yongo and she’s cute when the lights are off. Second you have (Ajuma Naseyana ) Sorry but ewwwww… so the black beautiful women you boost up is technically light skinned or brown skinned.”

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The coldest part is that, as one commenter noted, his daughter is a beautiful black girl herself.

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Hence the draggin:

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“No Chill Gil” must have gotten some religion (and his sister Christy Arenas must’ve got in that ass), because he posted a rambling mea culpa soon after entitled, “Dear Black Girl, You Don’t Have to Be Mixed to Be Beautiful.”

The rantlike apology said in part that he acted like a “COON,” and yet he still managed to diss Lupita one more time.

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On the real-real, though, Arenas is obviously articulating what many men in the NBA live (see the show and real-life “basketball wives” for proof).

In the words of a wise man I once knew: The sickness is deep.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.