Well, If She Ain’t Mad: Serena Williams Defends Tennis Player Who Mocked Her On The Court

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December 21, 2012 ‐ By
Caroline Wozniacki

Source: AP

A little over a week ago, everybody but Serena Williams had something to say about Caroline Wozniacki. She’s the Danish tennis player who stuffed her bra and her skirt with towels during a tennis match against Maria Sharapova in what everybody who wasn’t black thought was a hilarious impersonation of Serena Williams.

I, personally, didn’t see what was necessary about her mockery — let alone funny — but according to Serena, no one should be taking the stunt so seriously. In an email to USA Today yesterday, she finally responded to the issue, writing:

“I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it.”

Adding that she didn’t bother to watch the viral video, Serena insisted there’s nothing unique or malicious about what Wozniacki did.

“(Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it’s racist.??”

“At the end of the day I spend my time focused on things to become better and not bring me down.”

I actually perceived Wozniacki’s imitation as more sexist than anything, although there was obviously more concern from my end because Serena is a black woman. Still, I didn’t understand why any woman who knows — or maybe she doesn’t — what it’s like to be taunted for your body would choose to perpetuate that type of behavior during a tennis match of all times. At the very least, if the act wasn’t racist, it was still inappropriate.

Perhaps the best line in Serena’s email was when she added, “if people feel this way, [Wozniacki] should take reason and do something different next time.”

Listen to your friend, girl. Listen to your friend.

What do you think about Serena’s reaction to being mocked?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/a.b.brewer1 A Badtothebone Brewer

    Haters gonna hate. specially when you are not a champion.

  • Bretto

    Inappropriate? Really? What does that even mean in this context? It’s just a joke for Christ’s sake. Where’s people’s sense of humour?

    • http://www.facebook.com/a.b.brewer1 A Badtothebone Brewer

      my sense of humor is at the comedy club…not at a tennis match

  • Kenedy

    Wow…Serena’s PR team is playing it safe huh…it damn sure wasn’t her who said that

  • Live_in_LDN

    I think the reason why Serena is so successful and talented is because she focuses on important things on life and doesn’t pay attention to stupidness like this. This mocking is no skin off Serena’s back when she’s got championships to win! You go girl.

  • Dawnn

    I bet if the shoe was on the other foot, she would have found it racist if Serena did that to her. Some of these whites trip me out. They can do their dirt, but they don’t want it done to them.

  • Tessie

    Poor baby, are we jealousy? It’s easy to mock or blame someone for your failing career.

  • USAFSergeant

    Lets see how the media would react if Serena came out in a blonde ponytail wig, and had all her goodies wrapped up to make her look less ample.

  • Out of the box

    White girls are always secretly hating on us sistahs. That’s why I don’t underdstand why so many black women are so catty and have self-hatred. If only they knew how many other races are envious of our voluptuous body, full lips, and dark skin. Behind all hate is an obsession.

  • http://twitter.com/rainydayzz01 RazzleDazzleMe

    Hmm it seems Serena is okay with this girl (and other tennis players alike) clowning her…okay!

    * even though Serena say’s it’s no biggie, i’m sure she will make it a point to whoop this girls azz on the court,lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thokozileX Thokozile Xaba

    That B**** ain’t no friend of Serena’s…

  • get real

    Blk people boy, I tell u the truth. Do u see anybody ever mocking Jewish, or Asian people? No. And why not? Because they aren’t going for it. But we say dumb ish like Serena when they mock us.

    • Live_in_LDN

      What are yu talking about? People mock other ethnicities all the time. Miley Cyrus got in a lot of ish last year for putting a picture on twitter with her and her friends pulling their eyes back like an asian person.

      • get real

        If you can only find 1 or 2 cases then I think my point is proved.

        • Live_in_LDN

          No there are hundreds of cases. I can only be bothered to type a few because I have a life off the internet. Just pick a day and flick thrugh the channels for an hour. South Park and Family Guy in prticular have charatcer that take the p!ss out of asians, jews and mexicans. You pay attentin when a black person is mocked because that’s yur race but other races get mcked all the time.

        • Live_in_LDN

          My ‘o’ key is jammed on my keyboard. It’s effort to type words correctly.

  • MLS2698

    She sold out a long time ago. The End

  • TRUTH IS

    Wait, what?!?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/V6O2EBOSDDIC3EESW3JS22OYWA Vic

    Has anyone heard of Sarah Baartman – The Black Venus? Touted around Europe as a sideshow attraction for whites because of her her ample posterior ? Stop defending white people.

  • JustSayin

    She didn’t defend the mockery she defended the “racism” statements. People made it seem as if the mockery was based on racism and often compared it to the black faces. It wasn’t that serious. I think it was made to be funny… it was taken to far (at least by America’s sense of humor) and she knew that it wasn’t done to be purposely offensive.

    • MLS2698

      Isn’t playing tennis their job? Who does something like that at work? And trust me, if it were some else, they would say she has no tact/style, and is not serious about her matches. It’s just like the random white guy who streaks butt-nekkid EVERY year at Wimbledon, and all they do is laugh. Shiiiiit, let that be a black dude!

      • MLS2698

        *Someone

      • JustSayin

        I agree with you. It is not something that is deemed appropriate. However; I am simply saying that Serena was making sure that the media did not make it out to be a racist joke. that’s all.

        • MLS2698

          Oh, okay. Read my post above.

  • kierah

    Serena is a good friend.

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