TMZ- One of the hot basketball playing thong models in the video Gilbert Arenas used to bash the WNBA says Gilbert is NOT entirely wrong ... the league needs to sex it up if it hopes to survive.
Her name is Melody Rae --who played at the U of Tennessee at Martin -- and she tells TMZ Sports, "I'm all about empowering women ...and if wearing sexy attire helps to promote the game in any way I'm all for it."
Arenas said all WNBA players should look like them -- and the ugly players should get the ax.
Melody says Gilbert's approach wasn't exactly ideal -- but she agrees with his message.
"Look at our video for instance. We were doing a calendar shoot and this fun video gets released and goes viral. The only reason people are paying attention to it is because of what we are wearing."
"The women in the WNBA are prominent athletes that should have their arenas filled. I'm glad our video shed light on a league that deserves it and I support them whole heartedly."
Ha! Suck it haters. Gilbert Arenas isn't sexist. He's not misogynistic. I could see how someone would think that, but this girl just completely agreed with him, and thus dispelled all those rumors. Sure, it was just an online model that makes a living objectifying her body (not that there's anything wrong with that). I suppose some might see her words as disingenuous, seeing as she was the one that received millions upon millions of views and an endless amount of publicity from Arenas using a video of her ass to stir up controversy. However, she's still a woman and that means her voice matters too...
...I just kind of wish she decided not to use it in regards to this situation. Melody, society is going to need you to do us all a favor and just stand there half naked and look pretty. Here, dribble this basketball if you get bored. Whatever you do, don't speak while grown folks are talking. Less brains, more bra. That's your job, now fulfill the requirements of it. Let the basketball players play basketball, and the thong models model thongs.
Again, I agree with the premise that the WNBA would gain viewership if the players wore high socks and revealing underwear, but that doesn't mean the WNBA should make their players wear high socks and revealing underwear. That's kind of the point. Melody, and to a lesser extent Gilbert, didn't say anything that people didn't already know. A big ass lightbulb didn't suddenly appear over the head of the WNBA commissioner when she saw a video of a model playing basketball in a G-string. Not every woman feels empowered by showing more skin Melody. Your video may have shed light on a league that deserves it, but it was more of an interrogation light than a spotlight. All it really did, as a matter of fact, was give a former NBA player a platform to completely disrespect the women that you supposedly support wholeheartedly. That's not necessarily your fault, but it's certainly not something you should take pride in. All I learned from that Instagram post is that Gilbert Arenas thinks that WNBA players resemble a fictional gorilla from a video game series. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's probably not the exposure they were hoping for.
P.S. Credit where credit is due, this chick's got a WICKED cross.