Gilbert Arenas: Another Soul Lost to Colorism & Coonery

Gilbert Arenas / © Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images


Just when I thought the Coon Train had reached maximum capacity, Gilbert Arenas decided to book a seat in first-class.

Gilbert Arenas Stupid as Fuck
Gilbert Arenas’ response to ProBlkThought‘s post, “Dear Black Girl: You Don’t Have to be Mixed to be Beautiful

The verbal clobbering that occurred swiftly after these posts helped Arenas gain more attention than he’s had in the last… In all honesty, it’s been awhile since anyone was checkin’ for Gilbert Arenas. Grammar and spelling aside, there are several things wrong with Arenas’ posts above, in addition to the fact that he apparently lacked the intelligence or drive to spell Lupita Nyong’o’s name correctly.


Arenas described Lupita Nyong’o as “cute when the lights are off”…
THIS Lupita Nyong’o?!










THIS Lupita Nyong’o!










The goblin, Blix, from Ridley Scott's 1985 fantasy film, Legend, starring Tom Cruise

The goblin, Blix, from Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy film, Legend, starring Tom Cruise

Arenas has the right to free speech, and he’s certainly entitled to his opinion, but why such personal and disrespectful attacks against Nyong’o and Ajuma Nasenyana? What did either of these women ever do to Arenas to warrant such contempt, other than the fact that they don’t have a “light” skin tone? Within the craziness of Arenas’ posts is the fact that he (like many others who subscribe to colorism) seems to equate beauty with a fair skin tone. Beauty can be in the eye of the beholder, but if you look like Blix from Legend, what difference will having a light skin tone make in your appearance? I could name and include the images of countless white, light-skinned, and “biracial” people and celebrities here to make my point, but that’d be an assholeish thing to do, so I won’t. Would Arenas have dared to have spoken or posted: “Pale women are ugly” or “Women are prettier when they have darker skin?” Of course not. Because doing so would mean offending groups of women for which Arenas has a love for, non-dark-skinned women. Certainly Arenas is free to be attracted to women with fair skin tones, but his degradation of one group of women for the sake of flattering another is unacceptable.

Bullshit Apology
Arenas’ bullshit non-apology apology

Gilbert Arenas is lost, folks. Golden Tate lost, and he can’t be saved, because anyone who believes skin tone has any bearing on beauty possesses a level of stupidity that is beyond human comprehension. Arenas was right in the post above; he definitely had a “coon moment“, which has earned him spots in Coon Exile and the All-Star Hall of Coons. However, don’t allow the idiocy of Arenas’ posts fool you. It’s not that he doesn’t believe beautiful dark-skinned Black women exist, he’s just too colorstruck and filled with self-hate to acknowledge that they do.

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