Australian Soccer Players Dress Up In Black Face & Mock Venus & Serena Williams
Just off the heels of a horrific Australian Sun cartoon depicting Serena Williams as a child throwing a tantrum at the U.S. Open going viral, the greatest tennis player of all time has once again been demeaned with racism.
Three soccer players from the Australian rules Football Club, were captured dressed in blackface mocking Serena & Venus and Kenyan soccer player Aliiir Aliiir.
The Penguin Football club apologized for the incident, telling Huffington Post that they were not aware the team members “intended to dress in this manner” and deemed their behavior “unacceptable in this day and age.”
The CEO of AFL Tasmania, continued their regrets by saying, “We will be working with the league and club to get more information and to see how we can assist in providing education for the players,” Trisha Squires explained to press.
Michael Mansell, an activist, condemned they behavior saying the club needed to take “responsibility for any racist, sexist or offensive behavior.”
“People enjoy playing their sports, but they are entertaining in front of the public and therefore they need to acknowledge the values that the public expects them to adhere to,” he said. “This sort of racist behavior is offensive to most reasonable people.”
The apologetic tone is a departure from the Herald Sun’s stance. In reaction to the backlash, the publication reposted the cartoon with the headline “WELCOME TO THE PC WORLD.”
“If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed,” the paper stubbornly wrote.
Knight, the cartoonist, also stood by his ignorance in the aftermath.
“I drew her as an African-American woman. She’s powerfully built. She wears these outrageous costumes when she plays tennis. She’s interesting to draw. I drew her as she is, as an African-American woman.”