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Serena Williams Defends Caroline Wozniacki, Offends African Americans

In an email to USA Today, Serena Williams defended the actions of Caroline Wozniacki, who stuffed her bra and buttocks to match Serena's physique.

Caroline Wozniacki

In an emailed statement sent to USA Today, Serena Williams defended the actions of her colleague, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, for stuffing her bra and skirt to imitate Williams’ physique.

The tennis star wrote: “I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it. I must add, if people feel this way, she should take reason and do something different next time.” While many people (African American and non-African Americans) referred to her statement as classy and elegant, there were some African Americans who were disappointed in Williams’ response to the imitation of her physique.

On HuffingtonPost.com, Otis Lockhart commented: “I have a great deal of respect for Serena….but if she really believes the dribble she just emailed, then my level of respect is starting to decline. That woman was not making fun of black women’s bodies, she was mocking one black woman…SERENA. Celebrities are too afraid to say what needs to be said, so not to tarnish their “all too, I’m so nice to everybody”image in the eye of the public. Wake up Serena, she’s not your friend!!! Friends don’t make fun of friends in public!!! That was pure racist!!!” Ms. Lou, another commenter, wrote: “Serena and her generation doesn’t even know when they’ve been insulted.”

When Your Black World writer Yvette Carnell published this article, asking: “Before jumping on the “that’s racist!” bandwagon, did  Wozniacki’s critics pause long enough to realize that impersonations are sort of a “thing” in tennis, that  Novak Djokovic  imitated rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, as well as women’s stars Williams and Sharapova?” She was heavily ridiculed by many Your Black World commenters. Olin Ross commented: “Yvette, As soon as you were drop out of your mother womb she must have place you under a rock…You must have just crawl out from under that rock….
Or you are just plain dumb and stupid….or you are a victim of all of the above…….Believe me Serena will slice and dice this white girl. Here this flat ass and small breasts white trash trying to make fun of a fine fine Black talented lady…..I know we wish like hell she had Serena assets….She better not let her husband or boy friend come around Serena……….

Do you agree with Serena Williams and Yvette Carnell?

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  4. brotherscoe

    January 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    What Serena did was take on the house negro syndrome of going along for acceptance, even if it means letting this white women debase who you are. I guarantee you,if serena had mocked her, the media would be talking about her lack of professionalism on the court.Its hard for blacks to speak up for themselves when you lay in bed with them.

  5. brotherscoe

    January 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    What Serena did was take on the house negro syndrome of going along for acceptance, even if it means letting this white women debase who you are. I guarantee you,if serena had mocked her, the media would be talking about her lack of professionalism on the court.Its hard for blacks to speak up for themselves when you lay in bed with them.

  6. bernina200

    January 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Whom ever said that Black/African American kids now days do not even know when they are being insulted, I agree. I have a son on the same level, he thinks stupid statements , or a big butt,big tits, of Serena,would be fun, not so, they mean it as an insult. Wake up Young Americans, you are being played. I live and work totally in a white world and, I am married to a white man, but I do know the difference. Allof those white people I thought were my friends, turn out to be white haters, as soon as President, Obama, won the President Office. I grew up in the Texas, so I know the difference, one of the most Racist places, in the world, I try never to go there, other than a funeral .

  7. ysheaka

    January 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    What in the world is going on…I know and everybody know wheather black white mexican etc, that racism is still going and it looks like getting worser…some African Americans have got so weak that they act like slaves…I hope they wake up in time to realise that…

  8. bubbles

    January 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    shake that healthy butt black women!lol!

  9. rosemary

    January 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I was disgusted with the spoof on Serena such bad taste I applaud Serena’s response what a Lady she proved herself to be. She chose not to make an issue we have enough problems

  10. rosemary

    January 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I was disgusted with the spoof on Serena such bad taste I applaud Serena’s response what a Lady she proved herself to be. She chose not to make an issue we have enough problems

  11. rosemary

    January 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I was disgusted with the spoof on Serena such bad taste I applaud Serena’s response what a Lady she proved herself to be. She chose not to make an issue we have enough problems

  12. KG

    December 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Tennis fans KNOW that Caroline is having a rough couple of years since she lost her #1 ranking, which was NEVER deserved since she has 0 grand slam titles. Serena has been laughing for the last few years of playing her (record against her is 4-1) so enough said.

  13. Africargus

    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I am astonished that some people would give away our own sense of self-worth by taking offence at such a thing. Serena was absolutely right to laugh this off. If anything, we could all easily have read this as admiration or envy of Serena’s steatopygous shape. I am very proud of my roots, but equally I arrogate to myself, not to others, the right to pass judgement on who I am, how I am, and my contribution to society.

    To make myself clearer, I honestly don’t think that Wozniacki would have used the same caricature if Serena had still been African American, but had happened to be slim-hipped and chested, with a small behind. Ergo, there was no untoward intent based on race. This is not so much, for me, about rising above it, or keeping a false sense of dignity, as taking back our power to validate ourselves, spiritually, psychically, emotionally, metaphysically, etc.

  14. Africargus

    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I am astonished that some people would give away our own sense of self-worth by taking offence at such a thing. Serena was absolutely right to laugh this off. If anything, we could all easily have read this as admiration or envy of Serena’s steatopygous shape. I am very proud of my roots, but equally I arrogate to myself, not to others, the right to pass judgement on who I am, how I am, and my contribution to society.

    To make myself clearer, I honestly don’t think that Wozniacki would have used the same caricature if Serena had still been African American, but had happened to be slim-hipped and chested, with a small behind. Ergo, there was no untoward intent based on race. This is not so much, for me, about rising above it, or keeping a false sense of dignity, as taking back our power to validate ourselves, spiritually, psychically, emotionally, metaphysically, etc.

  15. Africargus

    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I am astonished that some people would give away our own sense of self-worth by taking offence at such a thing. Serena was absolutely right to laugh this off. If anything, we could all easily have read this as admiration or envy of Serena’s steatopygous shape. I am very proud of my roots, but equally I arrogate to myself, not to others, the right to pass judgement on who I am, how I am, and my contribution to society.

    To make myself clearer, I honestly don’t think that Wozniacki would have used the same caricature if Serena had still been African American, but had happened to be slim-hipped and chested, with a small behind. Ergo, there was no untoward intent based on race. This is not so much, for me, about rising above it, or keeping a false sense of dignity, as taking back our power to validate ourselves, spiritually, psychically, emotionally, metaphysically, etc.

  16. Africargus

    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I am astonished that some people would give away our own sense of self-worth by taking offence at such a thing. Serena was absolutely right to laugh this off. If anything, we could all easily have read this as admiration or envy of Serena’s steatopygous shape. I am very proud of my roots, but equally I arrogate to myself, not to others, the right to pass judgement on who I am, how I am, and my contribution to society.

    To make myself clearer, I honestly don’t think that Wozniacki would have used the same caricature if Serena had still been African American, but had happened to be slim-hipped and chested, with a small behind. Ergo, there was no untoward intent based on race. This is not so much, for me. about rising above it, or keeping a false sense of dignity, as taking back our power to validate ourselves, spiritually, psychically, emotionally, metaphysically, etc.

  17. Meagen

    December 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Everybody is not as super sensitive as other blacks are. The biggest mockery of black folk is gangster rappers, Djanjo, Nikki Minaji, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Rhianna, Basketball wives.

  18. eldogg

    December 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    i’m to zoned in on that picture to read this article. this is why i love tennis.

  19. samori

    December 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I would not go as far as knocking someone expressing their opinion or perspective on a situation, because we all have that right. But, people need to understand the psychology behind peoples actions. These competitiors of Serena can’t beat her, be her, so all they can do is take cheap shots at comedy to stay relevant in the sport. Subliminally and subconsciously you have to examine what this white girl did, she associated physical assets to a champion, and she has neither one ( body or title). She cant take the title show here comes the comedy. Deep inside they jock us, but publicly mock us! That’s why it’s always botox lip injections, butt implants, and tanning salons. You typically study and practice being your idol or the champion of your arena. Point blank period !!!