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Ex-NBA player under fire for Lupita ‘is only cute in the dark’ gaffe

Retired NBA player Gilbert Arenas is catching heat after he trashed Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o as ‘only cute in the dark.’

Arenas has been the centre of a social media storm for the disparaging comments on dark skinned, black women.

“I thought I was saying if you’re mixed you’re not considered black and beautiful and my kids are dark skinned so I perceived it how I wanted to. I was trying to defend all shades of black but that’s what the post was also doing.”

“As for Lupita she ain’t cute to me sorry … just like I’m not cute to 95% of you.”

Arenas had made the comments in response to a message by Pan-Africanist Rashidi Kweli on Instagram to dark skinned, black girls.


The message from Kweli read. “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.”

The message was hailed as timely and positive by the masses on Instagram.

But Arenas thought otherwise.

Soon after his comments, he got lit up on social media and it was savage.

Feeling the heat, he tried to walk it back -in a weird kind of way- but still went ahead and doubled down on Lupita.

What struck one commenter was that his daughter is a black girl herself.

Arenas has since deleted his post but the heat isn’t dying.