Serena Williams definitely had a meltdown. It was not a good look for her. I don’t know what shes got going on in her personal life but clearly she was playing and feeding off of emotion. I think we can all agree that she was in many cases out of line, regardless of if her behavior was justified or not. You shouldn’t act that way.
Regardless, if I had a daughter, I would point to Serena Williams and be like “there’s a role model.” If my daughter asked me if it were okay to slam your racket and have a tantrum at an umpire I would tell her “no, but it’s always okay to be passionate. It’s okay to pour your heart and soul into something you care about so deeply. It’s okay to feel angry. Everyone makes mistakes.”
So the backlash on the entire incident has been surprising to me. Pro athletes have meltdowns all the time, why was this one such headline news?
Then I saw the cartoon.
Is this cartoon racist? Uuhhh yeah I think it is. Was the illustrator intentionally trying to make a racist statement? Who knows? From what I’ve read I don’t think his intentions were to be malice.
None the less, the intentions of this cartoon is to create controversy and to entice emotional reactions out of people. That’s the laziest form of art and marketing that there is. It’s easy. Offending people is easy, especially in today’s age.
I’m not an easily offended person and I generally think 99% of people complaining all the time on Twitter need to grow up. I think we are all a lot more alike than we are different and if we all spent less time being offended and more time being understanding of each other’s viewpoints then the world would be a much better place.
But look, this cartoon is gross. It’s a gross statement, it’s a gross characterization of one of our generations most prolific athletes and public figures and it’s a gross depiction of women of any culture or race.
I’m not about this at all.